Roundup: Turnout was low; more candidates to come

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 9, 2018

By Elizabeth Cook

SALISBURY — With no presidential or gubernatorial race on the ballot, turnout for Tuesday’s primary was lower than usual — 11.27 percent.

All told, 10,598 of Rowan’s 94,064 voters cast ballots in races for the U.S. House, General Assembly, and county commission and in the city’s Fibrant referendum.

The last comparable off-year primary was held in 2014, when turnout was 17.9 percent, but the comparison is not exact. That primary included the Senate race that Thom Tillis eventually won.

Three more filing periods are coming up:

Soil & Water: June 11-July 6, candidates may file for two positions as Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor that are up for election this year.

Judges: June 18-29, candidates may file for four Rowan County District Court judgeships and one Superior Court judgeship.

School board: July 13-Aug. 10, filing will be open for four seats on the Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education, those representing the North, South, West and Special districts.

Here are the candidates who faced no primary opposition:

• U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson, 8th District, Republican

• U.S. Rep. Ted Budd, 13th District, Republican

• Thomas Aaron Bailey also for the 13th District, U.S. House, Libertarian

• Geoffrey Hoy, 33rd state Senate District, Democrat

• State House, 76th District, Democrat Joseph Ralph Fowler III will face Republican incumbent Harry Warren.

• Bonnie Dawn Clark, 77th state House District, Democrat.

• N.C. Rep. Julia Howard, 77th District, Republican

• Veleria Levy and Latasha Wilks, Rowan County Board of Commissioners, Democrats

Four local candidates have no opposition in the primary or the general election — meaning they are assured of re-election:

• Sheriff Kevin Auten

• Clerk of Court Jeff Barger.

• District Attorney Brandy Cook.

• Register of Deeds John Brindle.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6.