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 07-18-2018 Schedule and sites set for Oct. 17-Nov. 3 early voting in general election. Also see local Election Board's news release.

 06-29-2918 Who's rimmmg for judgships?  Dems have endorsed strong slate for NC Supreme Court, Appeals Court.  District 27B Dem incumbents Bridges, Paksoy file for re-election.

 06-29-2918 With an eye on the election, lN. C. legislature wraps up work. Here's what they did at a glance. Read this Raleigh News & Observer recap of the GOP-majority's rush-through of the short session. Five amendments to state constitution on fall ballot?! Some ask: running scared?

 06-29-2018 GOP-majority NC legislature puts six state constitutonal amendments on November ballotSix--a record-breaking number. Also see this article--attempt to drive up Republican turnout?

November general election shaping up competitive

They're  off! With the candidate filing deadline well past and the May 8 party primaries narrowing the the list, attention turns now to the Nov. 6 general election--"the midterms." Worth noting  about that election:

> The highest office on the Cleveland County ballot will be  that of N. C. Tenth District U. S. congressman.  

>Nov. 6,  2018, will be rare "blue moon" general election when no U. S. president or senator, N. C.. governor, or other Council of State offices are up for election.

> There are 10 local area offices to be filled. A total of 26 candidates (Democratic and Republican) initially filed to be their party's nominee for one of them.

> Republican and Democratic primary elections were held May 8 for offices in which the number of a party's candidates exceeded the number of seats available. Although the Republican primary ballot was lengthy given the number of candidates running for several offices, the Democratic primary ballot had just one contest on it. See local primary election results here.

Challengers for newly configured State Senate District 44

Recent redistricting court rulings mean that, for the 2018 election, Cleveland County will be included  in State Senate District 44 along with Lincoln County and a small part of Gaston County. 

Cleveland most recently has been in State Senate District 46 with Burke County and Republican Sen. Warren Daniel as incumbent. 

Democrat David Lee Lattimore of Shelby, is running for the District 44 seat. On the November ballot, he will oppose Republican Ted Alexander of Shelby for the seat.  Alexander won his party's primary , defeating candidates including incumbent Sen. David Curtis of Lincolnton. 

Want to know more about Cleveland County's precincts and districts, as well as Voter Tabulation Districts? You'll find a summary here, with maps. To confirm what voting precinct and districts you're in, visit the state voter look-up page and enter your name and county.


Democratic candidate in active quest for U. S. Congress seat

David Wilson Brown of McAdenville will be the Democratic Party's nominee for the U. S. 10th Congressional  District seat now held by Republican Rep.Patrick McHenry.,  who won his party's primary. The district includes parts of Buncombe, Iredell, and Catawba counties and all of Cleveland, Gaston, Lincoln, Polk, and Rutherford

Read more about Brown at:         Brown's Facebook page and

Contests underway for  N. C. House Districts 111, 110

Democrat David C. Brinkley of Kings Mountain is actively campaigning  for the N. C. House District 111 seat now held by Republican  Tim Moore, also of Kings Mountain and currently speaker of the House.  

Each unopposed for his party nomination, the two will be head-to-head on the November ballot. Read more about Brinkley at his campaign website and  Brinkley Facebook page.

N. C. House District 111 is entirely within Cleveland County. It includes all precincts except Waco, Shelby 4, Shelby 5, and most of of Shelby Central. Those precincts are included in N. C. House District 110 along with much of Gaston County.

In that N. C. House District 110, 
Democrat Christy McCleary of Bessemer City 
 will be on the November ballot opposing incumbent Kelly Hastings, who won the Republican primary.

Soil and Water  Board
On the November ballot, two four-year nonpartisan terms will be filled on the Cleveland County Soil and Water Conservation board. Incumbents are Roger D. Eaker and Sherri Greene.

The filing period is June 11-July 6. There won't be a primary.

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Two Democratic veterans
headed to November ballot

No other party candidate--Democratic or Republican--filed to run for the offices held by incumbents Sheriff Alan Norman and Clerk of Court Mitzi McGraw Johnson. 

That means they weren't involved in the May party primary but advance to the November general election ballot.

(Update: It was reported May 11 that Clyde Ledbetter of Mt. Sinai community has secured enough petition signatures to appear as an Unaffiliated candidate for sheriff on the fall ballot.)

Sheriff Norman and Clerk Johnson  are veteran officeholders with years of solid public service behind them. Johnson is seeking election to her fourth  four-year term, and f Norman his third.

One other candidate, District Attorney Mike Miller, a Republican,  has no opposition from either party.

Separate races for four-year and two-year terms on County Commission

In November,voters will choose two persons to fill regular four-year terms on the county board. And in another race separately listed  on the ballot,  they will elect another to fill the last two years of an unexpired term.  
Democrats running for the two  four-year seats are Eddie Holbrook of Shelby, currently commission chair and seeking his third term, and new comer Chris Gash of Kings Mountain.They were the top vote-getters among three candidates in the May 8 party primary.

Newcomer Caroline Dedmon of Shelby  is unopposed to be Democratic nominee on the November ballot for the unexpired two-year term. She will face incumbent Republican Commissioner Ronnie Whetstine.