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Monday, May 5, 2014

The Last Minute Voter's Guide to Macon County Candidates



**note** This post has been changed to correct some minor spelling/grammar errors and to reflect the correct number of terms the Sheriff has served. -Bobby

If you haven't been paying attention or done your homework for tomorrow's primary election, here is some material for you to use to cram at the last minute using all the videos I have taken at the various forums of candidates who have a primary race sorted by the seat they are seeking:

MACON COUNTY SHERIFF

Robbie Holland is running for a third fourth term as the Sheriff of Macon County and Bryan Carpenter is challenging him. Who ever wins this race will be the Sheriff for the next four years because Democrats did not put forward a candidate.

Here are a few videos of both candidates at various forums over the past few weeks.







CANDIDATE FORUM HOSTED BY FOP LODGE #81


This forum includes candidates for District Attorney, another important race




DISTRICT ATTORNEY FOR THE 30TH PROSECUTORIAL DISTRICT

This seat has been opened up by the impending retirement of Mike Bonfoey, who has served in this position since April 2003. Vying for the seat are Assistant DAs Jim Moore and Ashley Welch. I have more video of Ashley because Jim Moore did not attend all the forums.





MACON COUNTY COMMISSIONER DISTRICT I

Jim Tate has served in this position since he was appointed by the Republican Party in December 2011 to replace Brain McClellan, who resigned. He won an unopposed reelection in 2012 to complete the term to which he had been appointed. Challenging him is John Shearl, who currently serves on the Macon County Planning Board. Here are the videos I have of these two candidates:



The following forum includes some candidates who did not have a primary, and I apologize for not having the time or resources to cut this video up into just the segments that involve those running in the primary.



REGISTER OF DEEDS

This is another local race that involves Todd Raby, who is running for a third term, and challengers Kenneth Blaine and Nicki Tallent.









NC SENATE DISTRICT 50
This seat is currently held by Jim Davis, who is a Republican. He has no primary challengers, but there are two Democrats facing each other for the opportunity to run against him in the fall. Jane Hipps and Ron Robinson are the candidates. Ron Robinson did not attend one of the forums is the reason there are more videos of Jane Hipps than there are of him.




US HOUSE NORTH CAROLINA DISTRICT 11

This seat is also currently held by a Republican, Mark Meadows. The Democrats seeking to replace him are Tom Hill and Keith Ruehl. Keith Ruehl did not show at any event in Macon County and Tom Hill at only one, so I just have the one video of Tom Hill.


So, for those of you who watched the videos, I hope you feel better informed on what your choices are tomorrow. Now, go out and be a good citizen and vote. If you do not vote, you are giving your stamp of approval on whoever wins tomorrow.


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