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.
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.
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)
5th District: John Kerr (D); Tony Moore (R)
12th District: Fred Smith (R)
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
Erskine Bowles (D); Richard Burr (R); Tom Bailey (L), Greensboro
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)
Beverly Perdue (D); Jim Snyder (R); Christopher Cole (L)
June S. Atkinson (D); Bill Fletcher (R)
Roy Cooper (D); Joe Knott (R)
Commissioner of Labor
Wayne Goodwin (D); Cherie Berry (R)
Secretary of State
Elaine Marshall (D); Jay Rao (R)
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)
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.
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.
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