10/13/04 — One-stop voting starts Thursday in Wayne

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One-stop voting starts Thursday in Wayne

By Matt Shaw
Published in News on October 13, 2004 2:02 PM

The Wayne County Board of Elections has unanimously approved the staff for the one-stop polling places, set to open Thursday.

Meeting Tuesday evening, the Elections Board named senior supervisors and their assistants for the three polling places.

The board tweaked the lists to satisfy party concerns. Republicans had been upset that one polling place originally would have only two Republicans among seven staffers, while Democrats were concerned about Willie Ray Starling, a former candidate, being among the help.

Board Chairman Geoff Hulse expressed some aggravation with the parties nitpicking the lists. The board's main concern has been getting quality people and assuring they're trained, he said.

"We have done so much better than four years ago," Hulse said. "I really find this jockeying around not necessary."

Board member Chet Beverly agreed. "We looked at quality as the No. 1 factor. I don't see any heartburn in the setup we have now," he said.

But the board did agree to shift two people to quell complaints. The final list passed unanimously.

The senior supervisor will be Betty Jackson at the Wayne County Public Library, Patty “Sam” Smith Gray at Belfast Fire Station, and Gwyn Matthews at the Dudley Fire Station. All three women are Democrats, but each has at least one Republican as a supervisor in her polling place. The staffs are nearly split between the two parties.

Board member Joe Daughtery, a Republican, noted that Mrs. Gray is the daughter-in-law of Bud Gray, a Democratic candidate for the Wayne County Board of Commissioners, but added that he had “the utmost confidence” in her.

One-stop voting begins Thursday. The library, 1001 E. Ash St., will be open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., while the Belfast station, 3212 U.S. 117 North, and Dudley station, 4533 U.S. 117 Alternative South, will be open Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

All three locations will also be open Saturday, Oct. 30, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. That will be the last day of one-stop voting.

Registered voters can go to any of the one-stop locations.

Ballot full

Following is a list of the candidates who will be on Wayne ballots. School board and judicial races are nonpartisan. In other races, Democrats are indicated by (D), Republicans by (R) and Libertarians (L). Current officeholders are listed in italics.

County Commissioners

District 1: Andy Anderson (R)

District 2: J.D. Evans (D)

District 3: John Bell (D)

District 4: Mark Hood (D); Efton Sager (R)

District 5: Roland “Bud” Gray (D); Ed Wharton (R)

District 6: Roger Bedford (R); Monroe “Jack” Best (D)

At-large: Hal Keck (R): Atlas Price (D)

Board of Education

District 2: Shirley Faison Sims

District 3: Thelma Smith

At-large: Pete Gurley; Joseph “Joe” Hackett

Register of Deeds

Lois J. Mooring (D); Chris West (R)

N.C. Senate

5th District: John Kerr (D); Tony Moore (R)

12th District: Fred Smith (R)

N.C. House

10th District: James D. “Lew” Llewellyn (D), Kinston; Stephen LaRoque (R), Kinston

11th District: Louis Pate (R), Mount Olive

21st District: Larry Bell (D), Clinton

U.S. Senate

Erskine Bowles (D); Richard Burr (R); Tom Bailey (L), Greensboro

U.S. House

1st District: G.K. Butterfield (D), Wilson; Greg Dority (R), Washington

3rd District: Walter B. Jones Jr. (R), Farmville; Roger Eaton (D), Morehead City


Mike Easley (D); Patrick Ballantine (R); Barbara Howe (L)

Lt. Governor

Beverly Perdue (D); Jim Snyder (R); Christopher Cole (L)

Schools Superintendent

June S. Atkinson (D); Bill Fletcher (R)

Attorney General

Roy Cooper (D); Joe Knott (R)

Commissioner of Labor

Wayne Goodwin (D); Cherie Berry (R)

Secretary of State

Elaine Marshall (D); Jay Rao (R)

State Auditor

Ralph Campbell (D); Leslie “Les” Merritt (R)

Commissioner of Insurance

Jim Long (D); C. Robert Brawley (R)

Commissioner of Agriculture

Britt Cobb (D); Steve Troxler (R)

State Treasurer

Richard Moore (D); Edward Meyer (R)

N.C. Supreme Court

Parker seat: Sarah Parker; John Tyson

N.C. Supreme Court

Orr seat: Ronnie Ansley, Rachel Lea Hunter, Howard Manning Jr., Betsy McCrodden, Fred Morrison Jr., Paul Newby, Marvin Schiller and James A. Wynn Jr.

N.C. Court of Appeals

Bryant seat: Wanda Bryant; Alice Stubbs

McGee seat: Linda McGee; Bill Parker

Thornburg seat: Barbara Jackson; Alan Thornburg

District Court Judges

Brantley seat: David Brantley, Goldsboro

Carraway seat: Lonnie Carraway, Walstonburg

Setzer seat: Joseph “Joe” E. Setzer Jr., Goldsboro

Turner seat: Leslie “Les” Turner, Pink Hill

Williams seat: Rose Vaughn Williams, Goldsboro

Soil and Water District

Board of Supervisors

Jesse Jernigan, Ben E. Rollins.

Constitutional Amendments

If it passes, Amendment 1 would give local governments the ability to issue self-financing bonds, an economic development tool.

Amendment 2 would allow the General Assembly to place the clear proceeds of civil penalties, civil forfeitures and civil fines collected by a state agency in a fund to be used exclusively for maintaining free public schools.

Amendment 3 would set the first term for magistrates at two years and all subsequent terms at four years.

Anyone with questions about elections may call the Elections Board at 731-1411 or go to www.waynegov.com/boe.