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Thursday, 01 November 2018 22:48

From Staff Reports 

Election Day 2018 is officially Nov. 6, with polls open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Early voting began Oct. 17 and ends Nov. 3.

At stake are several key positions in the state and national legislature, including the U.S. House of Representative and seats in the North Carolina House and Senate. 

Other positions open include the State Supreme Court, Superior Court and District Court, as well as nonpartisan offices, including Board of Education positions. 

Catching a lot of news media attention locally is the race for Buncombe County sheriff features Quentin Miller, a Democrat; Shad Higgins, a Republican; and Tracey DeBruhl, a Liberatrian. The current sheriff, Van Duncan, recently announced that he is retiring and, therefore, not seeking re-election.

Buncombe is split into different districts based on census data for national, state and local offices. Depending on what part of the county one lives in, certain seats and positions will be listed on one’s ballot. 

Among the local candidates of District 115 in the House are Rep. John Ager, Democrat; and his Republican challenger Amy Evans.

For District 116 in the House, Rep. Brian Turner, a Democrat, is facing Republican challenger Marilyn Brown.

Three seats on the county Board of Commissioners are up for a vote. 

Al Whitesides, a Democrat, representing District 1, is facing no challenger.

However, Glenda Weinert, a Republican; is facing Amanda Edwards, a Democrat, for the District 2 commissioners seat. (Ellen Frost, who now holds the seat, decided not to seek re-election.)

And Commissioner Robert Pressley, a Republican is facing a challenge from Donna Ensley, a Democrat, for the District 3 seat.

And, for the first time since 2002, judges will be listed on the ballot with a political affiliation.

There are six constitutional amendments on the ballot that will decide issues like voter ID, control of state judicial appointments, state income tax, victims’ rights and more. 

The North Carolina Republican Party is endorsing a “yes” vote on all six constitutional amendments, while the state Democratic Party is opposed to all of them.

Every seat in the House of Representatives (120 total) and the Senate (50 total) will be up for election – and almost all are contested.

 The Supreme Court’s recent decision on gerrymandering means that eventually North Carolina have revised maps, but they are not in effect yet. 

In the District 10 U.S. House of Representatives race, Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-Gastoia,  is being challenged by David Wilson Brown, a Democrat.

In District 11, Clifton B. Ingram Jr., a Libertarian, is challenging Rep. Mark Meadows, a Republican; and Philip G. Price, a Democrat.

In District 48, Norm Bossert, a Democrat;  is challenging Rep. Chuck Edwards, a Republican. 

In District 49, Rep. Terry Van Duyn, a Democrat, is being challenged by Republican Mark Crawford.

In District 114, Rep. Susan Fisher, a Democrat; is facing Republican challenger Kris Lindstam.



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