Information: Sept. 12, 2017, Democratic primary election
 for Cleveland County Board of Education seats

Why are we having a primary? Change to partisan election

Historically, elections for the nine-member Cleveland County Board of Education have been non-partisan—that is, candidates weren’t required to run as party nominees and their political affiliation was not indicated on ballots. All who filed were listed, and the top vote-getters won.

But that’s changing in 2017, when four board seats are up for election. In late July, the Republican-majority N. C. legislature approved--with little public awareness and discussion--a measure making the school board election partisan. The change and its becoming effective just before an election have posed complexities for the local elections board, candidates, and public alike. Among them:

--A primary election will be required to choose four Democratic nominees from the six who have filed for the Nov. 7 election. That primary, first of its kind, will take place Sept. 12, with early voting Aug. 24-Sept. 9 at one central site (the Elections Board office at 215 Patton Dr. in Shelby.) 

Since only four Republican candidates filed, there won’t be a Republican primary—all four candidates advance automatically to the Nov. 7 election ballot.

What seats and who's running?
Information about the candidates

Four seats on the nine-member school board are up for election in 2017 to new four-year terms.

Two of the four seats are currently held by Philip Glover, board chair, and Donnie Thurman, Jr., both Democrats. Glover has filed for re-election. Thurman has announced he will not be a candidate. 

In addition to incumbent Glover, five additional Democrats have filed for a seat on the board.  They are Dena Green, Tommy Greene, Coleman Hunt, Barbara Romich, and Guy N. Suttle.

The Shelby Star has recently published a series of Q & A with the Democratic candidates. See the following links for their responses and photos:

See a sample Dem primary ballot

When and where may I vote?

You may vote early OR on Election Day, Tuesday, Sept. 12. 

--Early voting
began Thursday, Aug. 24, and will continue through 1:00 pm, Saturday, Sept. 9. 

One early voting location is available for all county precincts, at the Cleveland County Board of Elections office at 215 Patton Drive in Shelby. Weekday early voting is available 8:00 am-5:00 pm. The BOE office will not be open on Saturday, Sept. 2, and Monday, Sept. 4 (Labor Day).

--Voting on Election Day, Tuesday, Sept. 12, will take place at the county's regular precinct polling places 6:30 am-7:30 pm.