2013 Municipal Elections

Candidate for Blowing Rock Town Council: Laurin Carter’s Bio, Vision Statement & Community Service

Published Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 11:00 am
Laurin Carter is running for a seat on the Blowing Rock Town Council. See her bio, vision statement on certain issues and her community service commitments. Read more...
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Word for Word: Boone Town Council and Mayoral Candidates Speak on Issues at Candidate Forum

Published Friday, October 11, 2013 at 4:35 pm

The Boone Area Chamber of Commerce presented a “Meet the Candidates” forum for all the Boone mayoral and town council candidates to speak their positions on a number of local issues on Tuesday night. Inside is word-for-word responses from the candidates on issues such as the UDO, water intake, storm water mitigation, the sales-tax redistribution, the development of Howard Street and more. Read more...
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Deadline To Register To Vote on Election Day is Friday, Oct. 11, Same-Day Registration Available at Early Voting

Published Friday, October 11, 2013 at 11:28 am
Friday, Oct. 11, is the deadline to register to vote in the upcoming municipal elections on Nov. 5. However, if you miss that deadline, you can still complete the voter registration application and take it to any early voting location, where you will be able to register and vote at the same time. Read more…
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‘Meet the Candidates’ Forum for Boone Town Council, Mayor Held Last Night, See Video of Closing Statements

Published Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 4:52 pm

The Boone Area Chamber of Commerce presented a “Meet the Candidates” forum for Boone mayoral and town council candidates to speak their positions on a number of local issues on Tuesday night at the Council Chambers. Candidates for mayor include current Boone Town Council Member Andy Ball, John Mena, Brad Harman and write-in candidate Jenny Church. Candidates for three seats on Boone Town Council include incumbent Rennie Brantz, Quint David, Matt Long, James Milner, Jennifer Pena and Mark Templeton. Read more...
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See Sample Ballots for Watauga Municipal Elections: Beech Mountain, Blowing Rock, Boone & Seven Devils

Published Monday, October 7, 2013 at 12:42 pm
Check out the sample ballots for the upcoming municipal elections for Watauga County (Boone, Blowing Rock, Beech Mountain and Seven Devils). Read more…
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See Sample Ballots for Avery Municipal Elections: Banner Elk, Crossnore, Elk Park, Grandfather, Newland & Sugar

Published Monday, October 7, 2013 at 12:30 pm
Check out the sample ballots for the upcoming municipal elections for Avery County (Banner Elk, Crossnore, Elk Park, Grandfather Village, Newland and Sugar Mountain). Read more…
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Boone Area Chamber Hosts Meet the Candidates Forum Scheduled Oct. 8 for Mayor and Town Council

Published Monday, October 7, 2013 at 12:03 pm
The Boone Area Chamber of Commerce will host a Meet the Candidates Forum on Tuesday, Oct. 8, in the Boone Council Chambers on Blowing Rock Road beginning at 5:30 p.m. All the candidates for Mayor and Town Council have been invited to participate. Read more...
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Your Local Elections: A Big Deal, Low Turnout, Who To Vote for in Avery, Watauga Counties, Important Dates

Published Monday, October 7, 2013 at 12:00 pm
From the October/November High Country Magazine  that is on its way to coffee tables and local businesses, below is an introduction to the upcoming local municipal elections. Listed inside are the candidates running for office in Watauga County (Boone, Blowing Rock, Seven Devils and Beech Mountain) and Avery County (Crossnore, Elk Park, Banner Elk, Grandfather Village, Newland and Sugar Mountain). Read more...
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Absentee Voting by Mail Began Friday, Circumvent the Polling Precincts with Absentee Voting by Mail

Published Friday, October 4, 2013 at 4:39 pm
Absentee voting by mail began today, and Jane Ann Hodges, the Watauga County Board of Elections director, said it’s an extremely easy way to vote. “It’s easy. Just send us a request, and we’ll send you a ballot more or less,” Hodges said. Read more...
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LETTERS / Common Sense and Facts

Published Monday, September 30, 2013 at 10:18 am
Letters to the Editor. BY DAN PHILLIPS / Dear Editor, During these reelection times there are 2 distinct rumors floating and I need to put out the facts. 1. The American Legion Building: The First Rumor was that I wanted the building torn down... Read more...
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Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce Presents Candidate Forum at School Auditorium on Tuesday, Oct. 22

Published Friday, September 20, 2013 at 10:42 am
The Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce hosts a candidate forum for mayoral and town council races at the Blowing Rock School Auditorium. The forum is open to all voters and takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. Read more...
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Town Council Candidate Templeton To Hold Meet-and-Greet Thursday, Sept. 19, at Courtyard by Marriott

Published Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 9:59 am
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Sept. 17, 2013. Mark Templeton, candidate for Boone Town Council, has announced a meet-and-greet this Thursday at the Courtyard by Marriott hotel located at 1050 N.C. 105 in Boone. The event will last from 5:30 to 8 p.m. and is listed as a casual gathering of friends and constituents. Templeton is a father, husband, business owner, and lifelong resident who wants to ensure that his family and yours grows up in a better Boone. Born and raised in Boone, Mark earned his BA from Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., before coming home to work in the family business. Read more...
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LETTERS / Make It Better

Published Monday, September 16, 2013 at 6:31 pm
September 16, 2013. Letters to the Editor. BY JOHN J. MENA / Dear Editor, I would hazard a guess and say that most Americans could care less about a candidate’s political party, race, religious beliefs or sexual preferences as long as they fulfill their appointed duties to the best of their ability, for the greater good of their constituents. It matters more that they govern for the betterment and future of the whole of our citizenry rather than the agenda of their party and the few. It is imperative that they have their citizenry and the future of our community at the forefront of their decision-making. Read more...
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LETTERS / We Are Better Than That

Published Friday, August 30, 2013 at 4:25 pm
August 30, 2013. Letters to the Editor. BY QUINT DAVID / Dear Editor, Last night I attended the amazing MLK "I Have a Dream" 50th anniversary rally at the Harvest House, and I was greatly inspired by those of you who make such an effort to protect freedom, justice, and equality not only for yourselves but for all of your neighbors as well... Read more...
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Blowing Rock Town Council Candidate Sue Sweeting Continues ‘Walk With Sue’ Campaign This Thursday

Published Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at 3:06 pm
Aug. 14, 2013. Sue Sweeting, a candidate for the Blowing Rock Town Council, continues her “Walk with Sue” campaign through the downtown streets of Blowing Rock this Thursday, Aug. 29, at 4:30 p.m. Her walks will start at the park near the intersection of Sunset Drive and Main Street. In an email, Sweeting wrote, “I will walk every other Thursday until the election in November to meet voters and greet business owners in Blowing Rock to discuss their issues of interest.” Read more...
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LETTERS / Shopping Around

Published Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 12:03 pm
August 15, 2013. Letters to the Editor. BY JOHN MENA / Dear Editor, Let’s just say you need to go to the grocery store to pick up a few things and you only have $70 to spend. You’re pretty savvy with a computer so you go online to check prices at all your neighboring stores and you find the best deals at a store a little farther away than the closest but you will save $14 on your total bill, deducting $1 for gas you’ve come out $13 ahead. With that $13 you can maybe spend it on the kids school supplies, gas in the car, or you could just save it for your next trip to the store. Read more...
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Letters / Statement From Boone Council Candidate Milner

Published Friday, July 26, 2013 at 11:58 am
July 26, 2013. Letters to the Editor. BY JAMES MILNER / Dear Citizens of the Town of Boone, As most of you are aware, I have filed to run this upcoming election for Town Council of the Town of Boone. As citizens, we are faced with challenging issues that affect all of us. It is important that we have leadership that is willing to face the issues and work hard to resolve them. I want to share with you what I feel the issues are, and what I will be supporting over the next few months during this campaign season. Read more...
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LETTERS / Announcing My Candidacy For Boone Mayor

Published Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 12:55 pm
July 23, 2013. Letters to the Editor. BY JOHN MENA / Dear Editor, I would like to announce my candidacy for the office of mayor in the upcoming Boone municipal election in November. As a business owner downtown for over 23 years and a resident for 17, I consider myself very fortunate to live and work in our downtown. I have been dismayed, and saddened, at the amount political division between our “politicians” and their inability to progress this community forward. This is my second time running for the position, and now more than ever, I think it’s time…it’s time to bring in new blood, new faces, progressive thinking, and most importantly, progressive action. Read more...
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Who Filed in Avery County’s Municipal Elections? Contested Races in Banner Elk, Newland, Crossnore

Published Friday, July 19, 2013 at 4:43 pm
July 19, 2013. Below are the candidate filings for upcoming municipal elections in Avery County. The deadline to file was noon Friday. Contested races include the Banner Elk Town Council and Newland Town Council. Also, four alderman are running for three spots in Crossnore. Read more...
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Candidate Filings Closed At Noon: View All The Filings For Upcoming Municipal Races in Watauga County

Published Friday, July 19, 2013 at 12:41 pm
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July 19, 2013. It was an exciting morning at the Watauga County Board of Elections’ office. Candidate filing for the upcoming municipal elections ended at noon, and before the clock struck 12, seven candidates filed for municipal races in Watauga County on Friday. Read more...
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Progressives File Candidacy for Blowing Rock, Boone 2013 Municipal Elections on Friday, Ball for Mayor

Published Friday, July 5, 2013 at 4:13 pm
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July 5, 2013. Candidacy filing for 2013 municipal elections in Watauga County began at noon. As soon as the doors to the Watauga County Board of Elections' office opened, six candidates for Boone and Blowing Rock town councils forked over the required $5 to register to run in the upcoming “nonpartisan” elections in November. Read more...
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