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  • Candidate Statements for Three Races for Watauga County Board of Commissioners

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    Oct. 25, 2016. High Country Press reached out to candidates for Watauga County Board of Commissioners. Since candidates are running for particular districts, there are three races pertaining to the commission: Perry Yates (R) v. Diane Blanks (D) for District 1; Elizabeth Shukis (R) v. John Welch (D) for District 2; and David Blust (R) v. Larry Turnbow (D) for District 4. Compiled by Jesse Wood
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  • Dems Outpace Unaffiliated and GOP Voters in Watauga, State During First Day of Voting

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    state Oct. 21, 2016. According to an online vote tracker, Democrats and Unaffiliated voters outnumbered Republicans at the polls on the first day of early voting in Watauga County and North Carolina as a whole. By Jesse Wood / Read more…



  • Thursday Marks First Day of One-Stop Voting, 1,000 Vote Through Most of First Day

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    Oct. 20, 2016. During the lunch hour on Thursday, a few candidates were talking to voters and passing out pamphlets on the first day of early voting in the 2016 general election. Boone attorney Josh Teague, a candidate for the Chief District Judge in the 24th district, incumbent Watauga County Board of Commissioner John Welch (District 2) and his challenger Elizabeth Shukis were standing on the corner of Water Street and King Street. By Jesse Wood / Read more…



  • Local Campaigns Compete for Cash in WNC

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    Oct. 20, 2016. Candidates for local government seats in Western North Carolina have raised thousands of dollars in their election bids this year, leading to widespread advertising campaigns and signs along roadways across the region. Carolina Public Press analyzed campaign finance documents for candidates who reported raising more than $1,000, the amount that triggers state-mandated filing requirements. BY MICHAEL GEBELEIN / Carolina Public Press / Read more…



  • Early Voting Begins Thursday Morning, See One-Stop Times, Locations and Ballots

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    Oct. 19, 2016. Early voting in the general election begins on Thursday at 8 a.m. For most of the first week in Watauga County, early voting is confined at the Administration Building (beside the courthouse) on King Street. Starting on Oct. 27, early voting will move out into the other one-stop sites on the App State campus, Blowing Rock, Deep Gap, Meat Camp and Cove Creek. In Avery County, the only one-stop voting site is the Avery County Board of Elections office within the Avery County Courthouse in Newland. Early voting ends Saturday, Nov. 5 at 1 p.m. By Jesse Wood / Read more…



  • Watauga GOP Caravan ‘Rollin’ Through’ Communities in County on Saturday, Oct. 22

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    Oct. 17, 2016. Local Republican candidates will be “rollin’ through” several communities in Watauga County next Saturday, Oct. 22 to meet with constituents along the Watauga GOP Caravan tour. Candidates for Watauga County Board of Commissioners (Elizabeth Shukis, Perry Yates and David Blust), N.C. House and Senate (Rep. Jonathan Jordan and Sen. Deanna Ballard) and 24th District Court Judge (Becca Eggers-Gryder) are taking part in the mobile event. By Jesse Wood / Read more…



  • Boone Chamber Sponsors Candidates Forum Oct. 25, See Agenda, Final Confirmations

    Oct. 25, 2016. The Boone Area Chamber of Commerce will host a “Meet the Candidates” forum on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016 in the large courtroom of the Watauga County Courthouse on West King Street in Boone. / Read more… See which candidates have confirmed attendance below:

    US House of Representatives (District 5)

    • Virginia Foxx (R)
    • Josh Brannon (D)

    NC 24th Judicial District –

    • Rebecca (Becca) Eggers-Gryder
    • Joshua (Josh) Teague

    Watauga County School Board

    • Brenda Reese
    • Ron Henries
    • Barbara Kinsey

    Watauga County Commissioner

    • John Welch (D)
    • Elizabeth Shukis (R)
    • Perry Yates (R)
    • Diane Blanks (D)
    • Larry Turnbow (D)

    NC Governor

    • Lon Cecil (L)

    NC Senate (District 45)

    • Art Sherwood (D)
    • Deanna Ballard (R)

    NC House (District 093)

    • Sue Counts (D)
    • Jonathan Jordan (R)


  • Registration Deadline for Election Day Voting is Friday, Same-Day Available for One-Stop

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    Oct. 12, 2016. While Friday, Oct. 14 is listed as the last day to register to vote for the general election during Election Day, note that same-day registration is available during the early-voting or one-stop period. A Fourth Circuit of Appeals ruling this summer struck down the Voter ID law that eliminated same-day registration and out-of-precinct voting. Now all of the Voter ID law requirements are out the window. By Jesse Wood / Read more…



  • Judicial Elections Preview: Not as Popular as Other Races But Important, See Videos


    Oct. 6, 2016. While there is certainly no shortage in this state of attention devoted to candidates for president, governor or the U.S. Senate, judicial elections are another matter. But the candidates seeking election to North Carolina’s Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, Superior Court and District Court are essential to our system of justice and the preservation of democracy and the rule of law. / Read more…



  • Watch Videos From High Country Recreation’s Candidates Forum on Tuesday Night


    Oct. 5, 2016. Six candidates running for three seats on the Watauga County Board of Commissioners spoke all things recreation at a candidate’s forum sponsored by High Country Recreation. The forum took place in the Watauga Medical Center auditorium. Videos by Ken Ketchie / Read more…



  • Josh Stein To Keynote Watauga Democratic Party’s Fall Rally on Oct. 8

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    Sept. 19, 2016. Josh Stein, Democratic candidate for North Carolina Attorney General, will be the keynote speaker at the Fall Rally of the Watauga County Democratic Party on Saturday, October 8, in the Central Dining Hall at Appalachian State University. The rally is hosted by the ASU College Democrats. / Read more…



  • Delegates From WNC at DNC in Philly

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    July 27, 2016. The Democratic National Convention is taking place in Philadelphia through Friday, July 28. According to a listing on the N.C. Democratic Party website, the delegates representing Western North Carolina include Howard Larsen of Spruce Pine, Cliff Moone of Hickory, and Anne Hamilton and Jeffrey Rose of Asheville. / Read more…



  • Candidate Art Sherwood Slams Effort by Watauga GOP to Suppress ASU Student Voting

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    July 13, 2016. Candidate Release: Art Sherwood, the Democratic candidate for North Carolina State Senate District 45, today slammed efforts by Republicans in Watauga County to suppress voting by Appalachian State University (ASU) students and faculty. / Read more…



  • Watauga Elections Board Continues To Disagree About Early Voting on ASU Campus

    Former Mayor and current Town Council Member Loretta Clawson speaks on behalf of an early-voting site at Plemmons Student Union.

    July 13, 2016. Tuesday’s night’s meeting was a movie we’ve watched before: Despite persistence from local Democrats and a state elections board mandate before the primary, Republicans in Watauga County really don’t want early-voting to happen in the Plemmons Student Union on the campus of Appalachian State University. By Jesse Wood / Read more…



  • Watauga Elections Board To Discuss Early Voting July 12, Meeting Moved To Courthouse

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    July 12, 2016. The Watauga County Board of Elections will meet on Tuesday, July 12, at 5 p.m. to discuss early voting plans for the general election in November. Because the topic of early voting – particularly concerning a polling precinct on the campus of Appalachian State University campus – generally elicits a great response from the community, next Tuesday’s meeting will take place in the large courtroom in the Watauga County Courthouse instead of in the elections office. / Read more… By Jesse Wood



  • House Approves Foxx’s Bipartisan Legislation to Increase Transparency in America’s Higher Education System

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    July 12, 2016. The U.S. House of Representatives today approved bipartisan legislation sponsored by Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., that will help students gain access to the facts they need to make an informed decision about where to pursue higher education. / Read more…



  • Axiom Strategies & Remington Research Group: Trump Leads Watauga County by Four Points

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    June 16, 2016. Axiom Strategies in a collaboration with Remington Research Group is polling select swing counties throughout the United States. These battleground counties reside in battleground states and have historically been indicators for the eventual statewide election result.

 Watauga County, North Carolina has been selected as one of these counties. Historically this county has been a predictor for the eventual statewide result. Trump currently leads Clinton in Watauga County by four points.





  • 2016 Watauga County Democratic Party Plant Sale Set For Saturday, June 11

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    June 3, 2015. The annual plant sale to benefit the Watauga County Democratic Party will take place on Saturday, June 11 at the home of Pam and Jerry Williamson on 375 Old U.S. 421 South in Boone. The sale begins at 7 a.m. on Saturday, and prices start at $1. Most perennials sell for $1 to $3, annuals at $1 and trees and shrubs and rare plants at $15/$20. / Read more…



  • Foxx Statement on Winning Primary Election

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    June 2, 2016. Today the voters of North Carolina’s 5th Congressional District decisively endorsed my record of fighting for limited government, conservative values and strong national security. I’m honored that they’ve given me the chance to appear on the ballot in the fall and I thank everyone who voted today for their commitment to a functioning democracy. / Read more…



  • About 500 Wataugans Vote in June Primary So Far, Election Day is Tuesday, June 7

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    June 2, 2016. While folks aren’t exactly beating down the door to vote in the June 2016 primary, Watauga County Board of Elections Director Matt Snyder said that the voter turnout was “decent” for a Thursday morning. Before noon on Thursday about 100 people had voted early and the early voting total stood just shy of 500, Snyder said. By Jesse Wood • Photos by Ken Ketchie / Read more…



  • NCGOP 2016 State Convention Recap

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    May 12, 2016. The North Carolina Republican Party (NCGOP) held its annual state convention in Greensboro, North Carolina over the weekend. Delegates to the state convention conducted important business affecting this year’s election cycle and our Party going forward. / Read more…



  • Rep. Stam: More Lottery Advertising in NC?

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    April 29, 2016. On opening day, Sen. Jerry Tillman filed Senate Bill 728 (“Lottery – JLOC Recommendations”), which would allow the Lottery Commission to double the money it spends on advertising. Proponents claim that this measure will significantly increase money for education. The 1% of lottery revenue that can already be spent on advertising helps bring in (projected) $580 million in net revenue to the state. The proposed legislation would allow 2% of lottery receipts to be spent on advertising. / Read more…



  • Elon Poll: Cooper Pulls Ahead in N.C. Gubernatorial Race, See Other Poll Questions

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    April 20, 2016. Support is growing for Democrat Roy Cooper in his bid to unseat incumbent Republican Pat McCrory in North Carolina’s 2016 gubernatorial election, according to the latest Elon University Poll. Cooper, the state’s current attorney general, leads McCrory 48-42 percent among registered voters – his largest lead since the Elon University Poll started asking respondents about a hypothetical match-up. / Read more…



  • Soucek Announces Immediate Resignation From North Carolina Senate

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    April 11, 2016. On Friday, N.C. Sen. Dan Soucek announced his immediate resignation, N.C. Senate Leader Phil Berger said in a release. This news comes a few months after Soucek said he would be retiring from the N.C. Senate after the general election. / Read more…



  • ASU Voting Rights Lawsuit Will Be Focus of Democratic County Convention

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    April 6, 2016. The team of lawyers who successfully argued in Wake Superior Court for the constitutionally protected voting rights of college students at Appalachian State University will be keynote speakers at the Watauga County Democratic Party’s county convention on April 16. / Read more…



  • Five File for NC’s 5th Congressional District, Primary Held on June 7

    March 30, 2016. Three Democrats and two Republicans filed their candidacy for the 5th Congressional District of North Carolina in the U.S. House. Filing closed at the end of last week. Jim Roberts of Pilot Mountain, Josh Brannon of Boone and Charlie Wallin of Boone all filed for the Democratic primary, while incumbent Virginia Foxx of Banner Elk and Pattie Curran of Kernersville filed for the Republican primary. By Jesse Wood / Read more…



  • Boone Attorney Joshua Teague Announces Candidacy for District Court Judge

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    March 28, 2016. Local attorney Joshua J. (Josh) Teague is pleased to announce his candidacy for District Court Judge for the 24th Judicial District of North Carolina. The 24th District encompasses Watauga, Avery, Mitchell, Yancey and Madison counties. The campaign will hold a Campaign Kick-Off and Meet the Candidate event on Wednesday, April 13 at Vidalia Restaurant in Boone from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. / Read more…



  • Civic Leader, Activist John Hood to Speak at ASU on Thursday, Free to the Public

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    March 23, 2016. John Hood, recently named head of the John William Pope Foundation on Higher Education and chairman of the board of the John Locke Foundation, will speak on March 24 at 7 p.m. in the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts on campus. These public lectures are being offered in advance of the 2016 election season to address concerns of North Carolina citizens and to better inform the public about issues facing the state. A question and answer session will follow the presentations. The events are free and open to the public. / Read more…



  • Foxx Files for Re-Election for Congressional Primaries Set for June 7

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    March 21, 2016. Congresswoman Virginia Foxx filed for reelection today with the North Carolina Board of Elections. Foxx is running for reelection in North Carolina’s 5th Congressional District, which covers much of northwest North Carolina. “Our nation is at a historic crossroads,” Foxx said. “President Obama and his liberal allies have tried to take us down a road of government coercion, higher taxes and soul-crushing regulation. North Carolina voters from all walks of life tell me virtually every day that we cannot go any farther down that road. / Read more…



  • Voter Turnout On Par With Past Two Primaries During Presidential Election Years

    March 16, 2016. Statewide voter turnout in the 2016 North Carolina primary was 35 percent, which is about the same percentage for the turnout in the 2012 and 2008 presidential primaries. See the graphs below. In Watauga County, 16,026 ballots were cast compared to 43,682 registered voters. This represents a voter turnout of nearly 37 percent, according to data provided by the State Board of Elections. By Jesse Wood / Read more…



  • How Did Watauga and Avery County Registered Voters Cast Ballots in 2016 Primary?

    March 15, 2016. Here are the 2016 primary results for Watauga County and Avery County. While all of the ballots for the precincts for these two High Country counties have been counted, some precincts in North Carolina are still awaiting results. See results for the Democratic and Republican primaries inside.
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  • Two Hours To Vote in NC Primary

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    March 15, 2016. Voting in the 2016 North Carolina primary continues until 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday evening. “We’ve been pretty busy,” Watauga County Board of Elections Director Matt Snyder said on Tuesday at about 5 p.m. For more last-minute details on where to vote in the primary, click here. By Jesse Wood • Photos by Ken Ketchie / Read more…



  • Donald Trump Holds Monday Rally in Hickory

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    March 15, 2016. Republican presidential candidate frontrunner Donald Trump held a rally at Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Monroe Auditorium on Monday afternoon. The rally was scheduled for 10 a.m. but was delayed because Trump’s plan couldn’t land in Hickory because of the fog. He ended up having to fly to Charlotte and commute to Hickory. By Jesse Wood • Photos by Lonnie Webster / Read more…



  • Exit Polls Conducted at Precincts in Watauga

    March 15, 2016. If you are voting in the presidential primary today in the High Country – and likely elsewhere in the North Carolina and the other states on Super Tuesday II, you are likely be questioned for an exit poll. In one of the municipal precincts in Watauga County, a person working for a national polling service company, which feeds national news outlets such as the AP, Fox News and ABC, asked voters questions after they came out of the polls. / Read more…



  • 7,215 Vote Early in Watauga, App State One-Stop Site the Busiest, Primary is Tuesday

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    March 14, 2016. Even with college students on Spring Break for the majority of the early-voting period for the 2016 primary, the one-stop site on the campus of Appalachian State University was the busiest. Early voting ended on Saturday. Of the 7,215 people who voted early in Watauga County, 3,250 of those voted in the Plemmons Student Union on the campus of Appalachian State University. Here is the breakdown for all of the early voting sites in Watauga. By Jesse Wood / Read more…



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