Party candidates for the 5th Congressional District will face off Tuesday during a second primary, forced due to a court case deeming former district lines unconstitutional and directing the state’s General Assembly to redraw the lines. This action put Surry County back in the 5th district, where it had been prior to the redrawing of lines a few years ago.
Absentee voting for the second primary was held only at the Surry County Board of Elections office in Dobson and closed Saturday with 485 registered Surry voters casting ballots in the contest. On Tuesday, polls at all precincts will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. giving voters a final chance to exercise their right to vote.
On the Republican ticket, incumbent Virginia Foxx is facing opposition from Pattie Curran. On the Democratic ticket, Charlie Wallin, Jim Roberts and Josh Brannon will be the candidates.
Also, on Tuesday’s ballot is a primary for North Carolina Supreme Court Associate Justice, with candidates Daniel Robertson, Michael R. (Mike) Morgan, Robert H. (Bob) Edmunds and Sabra Jean Faires.
With primaries completed setting the final races for the November election, a couple of other elected boards will have filing dates this summer to appear on the November ballots.
The Elkin City Board of Education has two seats which will be decided in the general election — one City District seat, which includes Elkin #1, Elkin #2 and part of Elkin #3, and is now held by Dr. Richard Brinegar, and one East District seat, which is for residents in Elkin #3 outside the city limits east of I-77, and is held by Haley Sullivan. Filing for those seats is open now until Aug. 8 at noon, and cost to file candidacy is $5.
Elkin’s town board also will have elections this year. The mayoral seat is up for grabs, with sitting Mayor Lestine Hutchens not running for reelection. Also two commissioner seats will be on the ballot, which are at-large seats now held by J.L. Lowe and Dr. Skip Whitman. Filing for the town board will open July 1 at noon and close July 15 at noon. Cost for file for those seats is $5.
A countywide Soil and Water Conservation Supervisor position also will be on the November ballot, with filing for that post from noon June 13 to noon July 1. Cost to file is $5. The seat is now held by Glenn Pruitt of Pinnacle.
Other seats in the county which have summer filings include two Pilot Mountain commissioner seats, three Dobson commissioner seats, and four Mount Airy Board of Education seats. Filing information on those seats is available at the Surry County Board of Elections website.
Wendy Byerly Wood may be reached at 336-258-4035 or on Twitter @wendywoodeditor.