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Two weeks until municipal early voting starts

SALISBURY — Early voting in Rowan County municipal elections starts Oct. 19.

For every municipality in the county, an election will be on the ballot. In some cases, elections will decide every position on the municipality’s governing board. In others, only a few positions are up for grabs.

Polls will open at 8 a.m. Oct. 19 for in-person early voting, which continues until Nov. 4.

Election Day is Nov. 7.

Anyone who wishes to vote on Election Day must be registered by Oct. 13 and live in the city or town limits where they vote. Similarly, changes to voter registration must be made by Oct. 13 for people who wish to vote on Election Day.

Same-day registration will be available during early voting.

For questions about elections, contact the Rowan County Board of Elections at 704-216-8140 or visit rowancountync.gov/191/Elections.

Positions on Rowan County ballots in 2017 are as follows:

• Three seats on the China Grove Town Council.

The candidates are Arthur Heggins, Jason Higgins, incumbent Brandon Linn, Shane Safrit and incumbent Charles Seaford.

• Cleveland mayor and three Cleveland commissioner positions.

Danny Gabriel is running for re-election as mayor.

Candidates for Town Council are incumbents Gerald Osborne, Patrick Phfifer and Richard Taylor.

• East Spencer mayor and three spots on the East Spencer Board of Aldermen.

Running for mayor are James Cowan, incumbent Barbara Mallet and Teon Robinson.

Running for alderman are incumbent Tammy Corpening, incumbent Otis Gibson, Tony Hillian, Dwayne Holmes, incumbent Phronice Johnson and Jamilla Kennedy.

• All five positions on the Faith Board of Aldermen.

The candidates are Randall Barger, incumbent Brian Campbell, incumbent Matt Lyerly, incumbent C.J. Moody and incumbent Todd Peeler.

• Granite Quarry mayor and two positions on the Granite Quarry Board of Aldermen.

Bill Feather is running for re-election as mayor.

Candidates for alderman are incumbent Michael Brinkley, Kim Cress, John Linker, Wes Rhinier, Doug Shelton and incumbent Arin Wilhelm.

• Kannapolis mayor and three spots on the Kannapolis City Council.

Incumbent Darrell Hinnant will face challenger Dennis Johnson in the Kannapolis mayor’s race.

Running for City Council are Addul Ali, incumbent Dianne Berry, Howard Boyd Jr., Chris Gordon, Tony McBride, Van Rowell and incumbent Doug Wilson.

• Two positions on the Landis Board of Aldermen.

The candidates are incumbent Dorland Abernathy, Bobby Brown, incumbent Tony Corriher and Roger Safrit.

• Rockwell mayor and all five spots on the Rockwell Board of Aldermen

Beau Taylor is running for re-election as mayor.

Running for alderman are incumbent Chuck Bowman, Timothy Crews, incumbent Bobby Moore, incumbent Chris Stiller and incumbent Stephenie Walker.

• All five positions on the Salisbury City Council, including mayor.

Candidates cannot run for the position of mayor in Salisbury. The council appoints one of its five members to the position. Typically, the council selects the person who receives the most votes.

Running for Salisbury City Council are incumbent Karen Alexander, Leda Belk, Ryan Evans, incumbent Kenny Hardin, Al Heggins, incumbent Brian Miller, Todd Paris, incumbent David Post, Rodney Queen, PJ Ricks, Tamara Sheffield, John Struzick and Latasha Wilks.

• Spencer mayor and all six positions on the Spencer Board of Aldermen.

Jim Gobbel is running for re-election as mayor.

Candidates for alderman are incumbent Mike Boone, incumbent Sylvia Chillcott, Sharon Hovis, incumbent Kevin Jones, incumbent David Lamanno, Rashid Muhammad, incumbent David Smith and incumbent Howard White.

Contact Josh Bergeron at 704-797-4246.

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