November 4, 2013
Elkin voters head to the polls on Tuesday in what is expected to be a low voter turnout.
According to the Surry County Board of Elections, six candidates will appear on the ballot on Nov. 5 for three commissioner positions that are up for grabs.
Two incumbents are up for re-election, Cicely McCulloch and Terry Kennedy, with the third seat open after Commissioner Joe Walker announced he would not be seeking re-election.
“I’ve done my part and am happy to look forward to other things in life, like watch my grand kids grow up,” said Walker.
The mayor of Elkin predicts turnout will be low considering that there are no other major races or initiatives to drive voters to the polls.
“Low turnout is likely, and that’s always a concern. You never know what can actually get elected,” said Mayor Lestine Hutchens.
Despite the likelihood of low voter turnout, the mayor said that she still has confidence that Elkin will select the right three commissioners.
The mayor has two favorites.
“This year is going to be interesting,” said Mayor Hutchens. “I have not been actively campaigning for any candidate, but I feel that Terry and Cicely have done a tremendous job over the course of the last four years.”
Elkin has five Board of Commissioner positions. All commissioners are elected to a four-year term.
Two commissioners are not up for re-election this year — J.L. Lowe, Jr. and Skip Whitman.
The registered candidates on the ballot are: James C. Ipock, Bob Norton, Jeffrey C. Eidson, Cicely Coley McCulloch, Terry Kennedy and Charles Bellia.
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