Compiled by Jesse Wood
May 5, 2014. Early voting for the May 6 primary ended on Saturday.
Nearly 2,300 people voted early – with the vast majority voting in the Watauga County Administration Building in downtown Boone. See the totals for all the early voting sites through in Watauga County below. In all, 2,290 residents voted.
- Watauga County Administration Building in downtown Boone: 1,640
- Western Watauga Community Center in Sugar Grove: 138
- Blowing Rock Town Hall: 205
- Deep Gap Fire Department: 157
- Meat Camp Department: 150
PRECINCTS FOR ELECTION DAY, TUESDAY MAY 6
Below is a listing of the voting sites for Election Day. The polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. If you are unsure where you vote, click to the N.C. State Board of Elections “Voter Lookup” webpage and type in your name to find out where you should vote.
WATAUGA COUNTY PRECINCTS
- Bald Mountain at Todd Fire Department
- Beaver Dam at Beaver Dam Fire Department
- Blowing Rock at Blowing Rock Town Hall
- Blue Ridge at Laurel Fork Baptist Church
- Boone 1 at Watauga County Admin Building
- Boone 2 at Legends
- Brushy Fork at Oak Grove Baptist Church
- Cove Creek at Western Watauga Community Center
- Elk at Stewart Simmons Fire Department
- Laurel Creek at Cove Creek Fire Department
- Meat Camp at Meat Camp Fire Department
- Boone 3 at Agricultural Conference Center
- New River 1 at Boone Town Council Chambers
- New River 2 at Three Forks Baptist Association
- New River 3 at Mutton Crossing
- North Fork at Edgar Eller’s Garage
- Shawneehaw at Matney Community Center
- Stony Fork at Deep Gap Fire Department
- Watauga at Foscoe Fire Department
- Beech Mountain at Buckeye Recreation Center
AVERY COUNTY PRECINCTS
There are 19 precincts in Avery County. These precincts are listed below:
- Banner Elk
- Beech Mountain
- Cary’s Flat
- Elk Park
- Newland 1
- Newland 2
- Roaring Creek
Check out the ballots for all parties for the primary below. Remember if you are an unaffiliated, you may choose a Republican, Democrat, Libertarian or Nonpartisan Ballot.
For the N.C. Supreme Court Associate Justice section on the primary ballots, residents have three choices: Eric Levinson, Robin Hudson and Jeanette Doran.
While the N.C. Democratic Party has endorsed only one of those three candidates – Robin Hudson, a group called N.C. Experienced Conservative Judges has endorsed two: Eric Levinson and Jeanette Doran.
While some of the primary races are only open to certain parties, every registered voter has the opportunity to vote on the candidates for N.C. Supreme Court. You may only vote for one of the judge candidates. Take a look below at information provided in the N.C. State Board of Elections 2014 Primary Voter Guide about each candidate.
Click here to read about each candidate.
FULL SLATE VIE FOR U.S. SEN. KAY HAGAN’S SEAT
With eight Republicans, three Democrats and two Libertarians running for U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan’s seat, registered voters in North Carolina have a plethora of candidates to choose from. The primary serves as a narrowing of the field for each party for the general election in November.
Click here to learn a bit about all of the candidates.
Eight candidates are running for three seats on the Watauga County Board of Education, but only six will move onto the ballots of the general election in November. During the primary on May 6, residents of Watauga County will narrow down the field of what is supposed to be a nonpartisan contest. From there, the three candidates with the most votes will earn a seat on the school board. Ron Henries is the only incumbent in the field.
See info on the candidates here with links for more details.
DOYLE CHALLENGES FOXX IN PRIMARY
Phillip Doyle is challenging incumbent U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx in the upcoming primary elections. Below are statements announcing their candidacy. While Foxx didn’t acknowledge her challenger, Doyle “came out swinging,” as one political analyst put it. See the announcements below and links to find out more about each candidates. The winner would then face challengers from the Democratic and Libertarian parties in the general election in November.
Click here to read from Doyle and Foxx about the race.
MEET YOUR DA CANDIDATES FOR 24TH DISTRICT
Among the most talked about primary races in Watauga County so far is the GOP contest between Assistant District Attorney Britt Springer, Nathan Miller and Seth Banks for the position of District Attorney for the 24th Prosecutorial District.
Because no Democrat filed to run for DA, the May primary will effectively call the race in November. Also, the race features two candidates that reside in Watauga County and one Yancey County native. As the online political blog, A Watauga Conservative noted last December: “It will be interesting to see if Watauga County Republicans split their vote in the primary between the two local candidates and, if so, how this will benefit Banks.”
Compiled below are biographical information, endorsements, previous candidacy statements, important issues and priorities and links to social media and campaign websites. High Country Press will soon ask a few questions for each candidate to answer.
Also, here is audio from a prior candidate forum in Spruce Pine held in March.
For more on the candidates, click here.