Many, perhaps most, people believe that there are more Democrats than Republicans in the city of Lincolnton. While that was once true, and while Democrats held all seats on the City Council and the mayor's office until only a little over a decade ago, it is no longer the case.
The late Devin Rhyne became the first Republican on the City Council when he was elected in 2010. John Gilleland had been elected Mayor the previous year.
The current City Council includes two Democrats, Mary Frances White and Marty Eaddy, and two Republicans, Roby Jetton and Christine Poinsette. Mayor Ed Hatley is also a Democrat.
On Monday (Dec. 6th) Jill Tipton and Kevin Demeny filed for the seats currently held by Eaddy and White.
Tipton, who will seek the Ward 3 seat currently held by Eaddy, was a teacher in the Lincoln County Schools for 31 years. In her retirement, she has served as a substitute special needs teacher.
She was married to the late Charlie Tipton. Active in her church, she has spent 14 years as a volunteer with Hope for Haiti Children's Center and has delivered meals for Lincoln County Christian Ministries. She was named Lincoln County Woman of the Year in 2017.
A lifelong resident of Lincolnton, she graduated from Lincolnton High School before getting her bachelor's degree from Campbell University and master's from Appalachian State.
"I love this town where I have lived my whole life. As I walk by the Main Street stores and restaurants on my daily walk, I am so grateful for all the people who have chosen to invest in this wonderful place. I am excited to see the hustle and bustle of downtown, and I want to do my part to keep our town vibrant and thriving."
Kevin Demeny was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin, but has spent most of his adult life in Lincoln County. After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a degree in History, he remained in North Carolina to teach and coach at Concord High School. After years in education, he and wife Annette now operate a real estate business.
"As a father, a Lincolnton resident and a local business owner, I feel that it is vital for me to become more involved in our local government. I realize that the decisions we face in the next few years will affect the future generations of this great town. I will work to keep Lincolnton a wonderful place to raise a family and grow a business."
So far, no one has filed to oppose Hatley for Mayor.
The deadline for filing is noon on Friday December 17th. Neither Tipton and Demeny nor Eaddy and White will be involved in a primary in March unless someone else files for those offices. The primary will be Tuesday March 8th and the general election Tuesday November 8th.