‘Big decisions’ for primary election voters

Polls open until 7:30 p.m.

By Kevin Spradlin
PeeDeePost.com

RICHMOND COUNTY — Voters were lined up outside Leath Memorial Library in downtown Rockingham Tuesday morning, some 20 minutes before the polls opened at 6:30 a.m. across Richmond County.

It’s decision, day, voters said.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com The polls are open until 7:30 p.m. at 16 locations across Richmond County.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
The polls are open until 7:30 p.m. at 16 locations across Richmond County.

“I think it’s important,” said Ann Pruitt, of Rockingham. “My philosophy is I can’t fuss if I don’t participate in the process.”

There are only two local races on the primary ballot, that of Clerk of Superior Court with two candidates and seven candidates for four seats on the Richmond County Board of Education. It’s the latter that lured Pruitt to vote.

Incumbent Vickie Daniel takes on challenger Peggy Roach for Clerk of Superior Court. For the Board of Education, incumbents Irene Aiken, Pam Easterling and Joe Richardson hope to retain their seats while facing competition from newcomers Dewey Brower, Don Greene, Bobbie Sue Ormsby and T.K. Thrower. The primary election decides the winners for both offices.

“There are big decisions on the school board,” said Pruitt, who cast her vote in hopes “to make things better in Richmond County.”

Education also was on the mind of voter Mary Thrower, of Rockingham.

“There’s a lot of seats for the Board of Education,” said Thrower, a mother with children in the local public school system.

Thrower said she wants candidates who help ensure students and teachers are able to keep up with technology as well as make things comparable and competitive as other counties across North Carolina.

Candidate supporters lined the boundary of the electioneering zone outside First United Methodist Church in Hamlet, and at voting locations across Richmond County, on primary election day.

Candidate supporters lined the boundary of the electioneering zone outside First United Methodist Church in Hamlet, and at voting locations across Richmond County, on primary election day.

It was a sense of civic duty that brought Catherine Bass out to vote at Ellerbe Town Hall on West Page Street.

“It’s our right to vote,” Bass explained, “and our duty.”

A sense of obligation also brought Rachel Brown, 52, of Rockingham, to the polls.

“I always vote,” said Brown outside of her polling precinct at First United Methodist Church in Hamlet. “I think we have to vote (in order to) have a right to complain.”

Though Brown said there wasn’t a contest that lured her to the polls, she paid close attention to the Board of Education race.

“There are a couple (of candidates) I really felt strongly about,” Brown said.

Boyce Tillmon, of Hamlet, said it was not only his duty to vote, but a right — one for which he fought in Vietnam while serving in the Air Force.

It’s a right, Tillmon said, and “I need to use it.”

Thomas Humber, 35, of Rockingham, agreed with Tillmon around 6 p.m., shortly after voting at Roberdell United Methodist Church.

“I always come out” to vote, said Humber, who looks forward to the 2016 presidential election.

Kris Hayes, 41, of Rockingham, brought along his daughter, Shanea, 6, to the precinct at Roberdell UMC.

“I’m here to vote, make my voice count,” Hayes said.

There was no one particular contest that drew his attention — Hayes said that “it all matters” and that it was important for Shanea to see the process.

“She’s with me all the time,” Hayes said. “I want to teacher her to vote (and) make her voice count. You gotta show ’em when they’re young.”

Voting might have come nearly by accident for James Dale Howell, of Ellerbe. He realized it was election day only because he was on his way to the post office and “I didn’t want to miss anything.”

“Everytime I walk over to get my mail and I see (the signs)” is when he votes, Howell said.

Boyce Tillmon, voter

Boyce Tillmon, voter

Polls are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the following 16 locations:

* City of Rockingham Parks & Recreation (Browder Park), 1311 Rockingham Road, Rockingham

Leath Memorial Library (Calvin Little Room), 412 E. Franklin St., Rockingham

* Roberdell United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 1304 Roberdell Road, Rockingham

* East Rockingham Fire Department, 487 Airport Road, Rockingham

* Community Church Recreation Building, 193 Mill Road, Rockingham

* Cordova School, 194 Church St., Cordova

* Ellerbe Grove Baptist Church, 162 Ellerbe Grove Church Road, Rockingham

* First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 300 Charlotte St., Hamlet

* First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 200 Rice St., Hamlet

* Fletcher’s Chapel United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 108 McCoy Drive, Hoffman

* Mt. Zion United Church of Christ Fellowship Hall, 986 Ledbetter Road, Rockingham

* Ellerbe Town Hall, 108 W. Page St., Ellerbe

* Norman Community Center, 107 East Moore St., Norman

* Mangum Community Building, 5838 Grassy Island Road, Mount Gilead 

* Parsons Grove Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 561 Teddar Road, Mount Gilead

* Mt. Pleasant Community Building, 876 Grassy Island Road, Ellerbe

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