Early voting starts today, view sample ballot

Sales tax referendum, contests for state Senate, sheriff and commissioners

Staff report

* Sample ballot (PDF) – District 48 – District 66

The first of three early voting centers opens today in Rockingham.

election2014logo* At the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Office, 123 Caroline St., Rockingham, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the on the following days of early voting: Oct. 23, Oct. 24, Oct. 27, Oct. 28, Oct. 29, Oct. 30 and Oct. 31.

* At Cole Auditorium in Hamlet and at Ellerbe Town Hall, 108 W. Page St., Ellerbe, early voting will be available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 29 and Oct. 30, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 31 and from 9 a.m .to 1 p.m. Nov. 1.

County Commissioner

Incumbents Ben Moss, a Republican, and Democrats Thad Ussery and Don Bryant face challengers from Democrats Herbie Long and Peggy Covington as well as Republican Donnie Richardson. The six candidates are vying for four available seats on the seven-member board.


Richmond County Sheriff James Clemmons Jr., a Democrat, faces a challenge from Republican Bo Frye. The two men combined have more than seven decades of law enforcement experience. Clemmons’ time has been lock, while Frye retired from the Charlotte Police Department.

State Senate – District 25

Former Rockingham Mayor and now State Sen. Gene McLaurin, a Democrat, faces a challenge from Republican Tom McInnis, currently a member of the Richmond County Board of Education. P.H. Dawkins, of Hamlet, also is in the mix as a Libertarian Party candidate.

U.S. House of Representatives – District 8

Incumbent Richard Hudson, a Republican, faces a challenge from Hamlet native and Dobbins Heights Mayor Antonio Blue, a Democrat.


Though running unopposed, it’s important for voters to cast their ballots in support of the only candidate who threw his or her hat into the ring. For the state House of Representatives, Garland Pierce, a Democrat, is the sole candidate for District 48. Rep. Ken Goodman, a Democrat, also is running unopposed to retain his District 66 seat.

Reece Saunders, a Democrat, is running unopposed for Richmond County District Attorney in District 16C and Judge Scott Brewer is running by himself for re-election to the North Carolina District Judge in District 16A. In addition, Tommy Deense is the sole candidate for Soil and Water Conservation District supervisor.

And Clerk of Superior Court Vickie Daniel, a Democrat, defeated Peggy Roach in the May primary and also is running unopposed in the November election.

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