Candidate filing July 7-21 for November general elections
Municipal, water board elections
Voters in 15 Cleveland County municipalities will elect leaders for their towns and cities in non-partisan elections Nov. 7. On the ballots will be the names of those who filed during the two-week filing period July 7-21 as candidates for eight mayor and 37 municipal board seats coming open for new four-year terms. 

The mayor positions and the incumbents holding them now are as follows: Boiling Springs, Max Hamrick; Casar, Eddie Walker; Earl, Max Hopper; Fallston, Doris Weaver; Kingstown, David Lattimore; Lattimore, Alton Beal; Lawndale, Rick Garver; and Patterson Springs, Lee Van Canipe.

See the full list of mayor and board seats open for November election at the Cleveland County Board of Elections website. This website also provides a current list of candidates who have filed.

In addition to municipal offices, Cleveland County voters will fill three non-partisan offices with four-year terms on the County Water Board. 

Early voting will begin 17 days before Nov. 7 at one site--the local Board of Elections office at 215 Patton Drive in Shelby. Hours will be announced.

Cleveland County Board of Education election
Four seats on the local school board are coming up for election, for four-year terms. The school board election has historically been non-partisan. However, on June 29, 2017, the N. C. General Assembly ratified as final Senate Bill 253 / S.L. 2017-78. This local act makes school board elections in Cleveland and eight other N. C. counties partisan instead of non-partisan. For Cleveland County (only) the change was made effective for the 2017 election instead of 2018 as mandated for the other counties.

The change, made with little if any public awareness, has stirred comment and confusion on three fronts. Many don't want partisan politics injected into educating children. It's harder for candidates registered as Unaffiliated to get on the ballot--petitions are needed--and that may prevent some otherwise well-qualified from running. And making the change effective in 2017, without any fix, is quite likely to make it impossible for one Unaffiliated incumbent (Kathy Falls) to seek re-election.

Read these articles for more about the continuing situation:


Looking ahead: lively Democratic convention sets stage
In annual convention Saturday, April 8, the Cleveland County Democratic Party elected leaders, honored several Democrats who’ve meant much to the community, and gathered participants’ input on the party’s path forward... See our news release and more photos.

2017 convention awards
Awards honor unique contributions
Cleveland County Democrats chose their annual convention day April 8 to present awards to several who have meant much to our community and party. See photos and story here about the recognition of:
Jack and Ruby Hunt
Carolyn and Dean Westmoreland
Mary Accor
The Rev. Robert E. Devoe
Mary Degree

Region 2 Democratic Women elect new officers
Area members of Democratic Women of North Carolina, Region 2, elected new officers at their April 29 meeting in Morganton. 

Shown here are Laura Cummings of Cleveland County, right, outgoing Region 2 director and newly elected secretary-treasurer; Gale Jones of Burke County, second from right, elected the new regional director; and Laura Satterwhite of Burke County, third from right, new deputy director. Betsy Wells, left, is chair of the Tenth District Democrats and secretary of Democratic Women of Cleveland County.

CCDP elects officers to new two-year terms
A new slate of party leaders took office at the conclusion of CCDP's annual convention. Left to right, they and their precincts are Todd Hagans of Kings Mountain South, second vice chair; Nick Carpenter of Shelby South, chair; Elizabeth (Lizzie) Kim of Shelby Central, secretary; Joyce Coleman of Shanghai, first vice chair; and Andrew (Drew) Leon of Shelby Central, third vice chair. Doris Williams of Oak Grove, not shown, was re-elected the party's treasurer.
Thanks for party leadership

Those attending CCDP's annual
convention gave an ovation and Leadership Wwards to two ending party officer terms.

 Retiring CCDP Chair Joyce Sheaffer, left, moderated the festive convention. Retiring First Vice Chair Steve Padgett, right, was there as typical to help manage logistics and greet delegates. Both will continue in their other party roles as precinct chairs in Rippy and Casar, respectively.