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Political Notebook: A 2018 ballot refresher

Early voting for the Nov. 6  election will begin in mid-October across Rowan County, with many residents already casting their votes by mail, fax or email through absentee ballots.

But with 27 public offices appearing on the ballot, some may be wondering what names and races they will see.

With complex and often-changing districting in congressional, legislative, judicial and local elections, the Rowan County Board of Elections is unable to produce a sample ballot that applies to all voters. In the 2016 primary, there were 316 different ballots in Rowan.

Below is a list of all the races for the 2018 general election. Candidates’ names are listed as they will appear on the ballot, and party affiliation and incumbent status are listed after the names.

All ballots will include six proposed amendments to the state constitution that voters will vote for or against. The amendments also are listed below as they will appear on the ballot.

For a sample ballot tailored to include only your districts, visit https://vt.ncsbe.gov/RegLkup/.

For more information, call the Board of Elections at 704-216-8140.

U.S. House of Representatives District 8

• Richard Hudson, Republican incumbent

• Frank McNeill, Democrat

U.S. House of Representatives District 13

• Kathy Manning, Democrat

• Tom Bailey, Libertarian

• Ted Budd, Republican incumbent

• Robert Corriher, Green Party

N.C. Senate District 33

• Carl Ford, Republican

• Arin Wilhelm, Democrat

N.C. House District 76

• Joe Fowler, Democrat

• Harry Warren, Republican incumbent

N.C. House District 77

• Julia Craven Howard, Republican incumbent

• Bonnie Dawn Clark, Democrat

N.C. House District 83

• Larry G. Pittman, Republican incumbent

• Gail Young, Democrat

District Attorney District 27

• Brandy Cook, Republican incumbent

N.C. Supreme Court associate justice, Seat 1

• Barbara Jackson, Republican incumbent

• Christopher (Chris) Anglin, Republican

• Anita Earls, Democrat

N.C. Court of Appeals judge, Seat 1

• Andrew T. Heath, Republican

John S. Arrowood, Democratic incumbent

N.C. Court of Appeals judge, Seat 2

• Jefferson G. Griffin, Republican

• Tobias (Toby) Hampson, Democrat

• Sandra Alice Ray, Republican

N.C. Court of Appeals judge, Seat 3

• Chuck Kitchen, Republican

• Michael Monaco Sr., Libertarian

• Allegra Katherine Collins, Democrat

N.C. Superior Court judge, District 19C, Seat 1

• Anna Mills Wagoner, Republican incumbent

N.C. District Court judge, District 19C, Seat 1

• Kevin Eddinger, unaffiliated incumbent

N.C. District Court judge, District 19C, Seat 2

• Beth Dixon, Republican incumbent

N.C. District Court judge, District 19C, Seat 3

Charlie Brown, unaffiliated incumbent

N.C. District Court judge, District 19C, Seat 4

• James Randolph, Republican incumbent

Rowan County Board of Commissioners (three seats)

• James C. Greene, Republican incumbent

• Judy Klusman, Republican incumbent

• Veleria M. Levy, Democrat

• Latasha Wilks, Democrat

• Gregory C. Edds, Republican incumbent

Rowan County clerk of Superior Court

• Jeffrey R. Barger, Democratic incumbent

Rowan County register of deeds

• John Brindle, Republican incumbent

Rowan County sheriff

• Kevin L. Auten, Republican incumbent

Rowan Soil and Water Conservation District supervisor

• Bruce Rider

• Leonard M. (Max) West

Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education, Seat 1

• Kevin Jones

• Lawrence Bolen

Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education, Seat 2

• Dean Hunter, incumbent

Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education, Seat 4

• Travis Allen, incumbent

Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education, Seat 6

• W. (Jean) Kennedy,– incumbent

Constitutional amendments

• Constitutional amendment protecting the right of the people to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife.

• Constitutional amendment to strengthen protections for victims of crime; to establish certain absolute basic rights for victims; and to ensure the enforcement of these rights.

• Constitutional amendment to reduce the income tax rate in North Carolina to a maximum allowable rate of seven percent (7%).

• Constitutional amendment to require voters to provide photo identification before voting in person.

• Constitutional amendment to change the process for filling judicial vacancies that occur between judicial elections from a process in which the governor has sole appointment power to a process in which the people of the state nominate individuals to fill vacancies by way of a commission comprised of appointees made by the judicial, executive and legislative branches charged with making recommendations to the legislature as to which nominees are deemed qualified; then the legislature will recommend at least two nominees to the governor via legislative action not subject to gubernatorial veto; and the governor will appoint judges from among these nominees.

• Constitutional amendment to establish an eight-member Bipartisan Board of Ethics and Elections Enforcement in the Constitution to administer ethics and elections law.



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