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Political notebook: Early voting begins Thursday

One-stop early voting begins Thursday for the primary election.

Races on the ballot range from president of the United States to county commissioner. A $45 million bond referendum for a technology education complex at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is also on the ballot.

Voters can cast a ballot 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. Early voting continues Feb. 17-21 and Feb. 24-28. There are two Saturdays of early voting, Feb. 22 and Feb. 29 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

There are three early voting locations: the Rowan County Board of Elections, 1935 Jake Alexander Blvd. in Salisbury; Rockwell American Legion, 8580 U.S. Highway 52 in Rockwell; and South Rowan Library, 920 Kimball Road in China Grove.

Same-day registration is allowed only during early voting. Those wishing to do so can visit an early voting location with an approved document showing a current residential address.

No voters will be required to show a photo ID for the primary.

March 3 is the primary election day.

To view a sample ballot, go to vt.ncsbe.gov/RegLkup

For more information, call 704-216-8140 or visit rowancountync.com/elections.

Hudson gets new communications director

Tatum Gibson on Friday left as communications director for Rep. Richard Hudson, R-8.

Gibson worked for Hudson for seven years.

Greg Steele will replace Gibson. Steele has worked for former Gov. Pat McCrory and Hudson for a year. His most recent role was as communication director for U.S. Rep. Ron Estes, a Kansas Republican.

Steele is from Wilmington and graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2013.

“He’s principled, determined, smart and committed to getting the job done for his constituents,” Gibson said in an email. “Everyone on staff with Team Hudson works incredibly hard, and it has been a privilege to work with them for the great people of North Carolina’s 8th District.”

Budd, Meadows introduce National Education Security Training Act

U.S. Rep. Tedd Budd, R-13, has introduced the National Education Security Training Act with Rep. Mark Meadows, R-11.

The act would give a tax credit, of up to $1,500 per year, to veterans and retired law enforcement officers to secure schools.

“As mass violence strikes our country’s schools, it’s important that we take proactive steps to secure our places of learning,” Budd said in a statement. “At the end of the day, our students and teachers should not have to worry about their safety while they learn and teach.”

Budd said the National Education Security Training Act would give veterans and members of law enforcement the opportunity to continue serving our communities by helping protect our schools in exchange for a tax credit. 

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