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12/11/2021 9:57:00 AM
Four Democrats Filed Early
Mayor Ed Hatley, Ward 3 Council member Marty Eaddy, and Ward 1 Council member Mary Frances White
Mayor Ed Hatley, Ward 3 Council member Marty Eaddy, and Ward 1 Council member Mary Frances White
Keith Poston completes the filing process with Elections Director Brad Putnam
Keith Poston completes the filing process with Elections Director Brad Putnam

Wayne Howard

By now, most know about the order from the NC Supreme Court that has delayed the 2022 primary election and filing for offices.  Before that order was handed down, many local candidates had already filed. Candidates who filed this week won't have to file again after the filing period is updated. 

We told about the two Republican candidates for City Council in an earlier article; it is our intention to tell about all the candidates.  Four Democrats filed on Monday Dec. 6th.  Mayor Ed Hatley and City Council members Mary Frances White and Marty Eaddy filed for the City election; and Keith Poston filed for the at-large seat on the Lincoln County Board of Education up for election next year.

The School Board election will be partisan for the first time in its history.  Republicans Todd Wulfhorst, who currently represents district 5 on the board, and Krista Heavner, who'll be seeking that seat, filed on Monday.  Tony Jenkins, who currently holds that at-large seat, filed Tuesday.  Former County Commissioner Martin Oakes filed for the district 5 seat on Wednesday.  

Poston is a newcomer to politics but deeply involved in various community organizations. With experience in Communities in Schools, the YMCA, Outside Chance Mentorships, and his church, Keith says his experience offers voters a leader who has deep family values rooted in his faith, community insight, and a strong work ethic.

Hatley, Eaddy and White have steered Lincolnton to a number of accomplishments  including revitalizing downtown business, initiating grants to attract businesses, making loans to sustain downtown businesses during the COVID-19 crisis, initiating public/private partnerships to encourage downtown living and new restaurants, improving recreational opportunities, and opening a dog park – all with no property tax rate increase.  Lincolnton's tax rate hasn't increased in over 20 years.  Democratic Part chairman Tommy Huskey says voters can expect the same dedication to city planning and strong economic development in the future.

White became the first person of color ever elected to any political office in Lincoln County four years ago.  Poston is trying to break the 'color barrier' on the School Board.  No person of color has yet served on that board.  

Filing for offices in the primary won't resume until after the courts have ruled on two lawsuits that challenged redistricting maps for Congress, the NC House and NC Senate.  The primary election, which had been scheduled for March 8th, will now be held in May.  

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