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12/3/2021 6:52:00 AM
Filing Begins Monday

Wayne Howard

The 2022 general election is now 11 months away, but filing for the offices up for election next year will begin at noon Monday in all North Carolina counties.  The primary election will be in March, and in most races locally, the primary will likely decide who will be elected in November.

Three candidates for Lincoln County Sheriff had already announced their intention to run. Sherff Bill Beam will seek re-election while former Lincoln County  lieutenant Erin Long, currently a captain with the Bessemer City police, and Ronnie Messer, who now lives in Denver but previously served with the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office, have announced their candidacy.  All three are Republicans.  

In Lincoln County, with only a few exceptions in the last quarter century, winning the Republican primary has meant election in November.

Two GOP candidates have announced their intention to seek Lincolnton City Council seats.  

Former teacher, now a substitute special needs teacher with the Lincoln County Schools, Jill Tipton will seek the Ward 3 seat currently held by Marty Eaddy.

Tipton, who taught for 31 years, was named Lincoln County Woman of the Year in 2017.

Kevin Demeny, a real estate developer, has announced plans to run for the Ward 1 seat currently held by Mary Frances White.

Both are expected to file Monday afternoon.

Both Eaddy and White are Democrats. Registered Republicans outnumber Democrats in the city. The other two City Council members are both Republicans. Roby Jetton and Christine Poinsette hold seats not up for election until 2024. Mayor Ed Hatley is a Democrat.

Two seats on the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners will be up for election in 2022--the ones currently held by Milton Sigmon and Bud Cesena. Three seats on the Lincoln County Board of Education will also be included in next year's election. Those seats are an at-large post currently held by Tony Jenkins and seats from School Board district 5, currently Todd Wulfhorst, and district 2, currently Joan Avery. Avery won't be able to seek that seat since the redrawn district lines mean she no longer lives in the district. For the first time in 2022, Lincoln County School Board elections will be partisan.

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