Union County Commissioners race heats up - myfoxcarolinas.com

Union County Commissioners race heats up

Posted: Updated:
Election season for the Union County Commissioners race is just around the corner.

Early voting begins this Thursday, April 24 for primary elections in North Carolina -- with the primary election being held on Tuesday, May 6.

For those running in the Union County commissioner race, the primary is everything, because out of the eight running -- all are Republican.

"The county has changed in the last 20-something years," former commissioner and Democrat Ruth Helms said. "I was a commissioner in the 1980's and it has changed with being a bedroom community of Mecklenburg County. And people moved her for low taxes and good schools, which we have, and a lot of people have brought their politics with them.

"It was all democrats up until 1990."

The candidates for this year's commissioner race are Sherry Hodges, Tracy Keuhler, Clint Laster, Kim Ormiston, Stony Rushing, Jerry Simpson, Lance Simpson and Richard Stone.

Keuhler, Ormiston and Lance Simpson are running as a group of three -- wanting to bring in their own majority, with what they say, is a diverse background.

"We have county commissioner background, we have municipality background and we have business background," Lance Simpson said. "Together we bring a little bit of something different to the table."

Keuhler served as a county commissioner for four years. Ormiston served on Wesley Chapel's council for four years. Lance Simpson comes from the water and sewage industry.

Union County Republican Party Chairman Jerry Cross recently wrote...

"As the Republican GOP Chairman I want to encourage all citizens in Union County to study the platforms of each INDIVIDUAL Candidate in the County Primary Elections. Then vote for the INDIVIDUAL who would be best for all citizens who live in Union County. Please vote for the INDIVIDUAL, not just A TEAM!"

Many around Union County have been vocal about bringing in the three for change and see their diverse backgrounds as a plus.

"I believe Union County needs that to attract businesses into the county for diversified tax base," Indian Trail resident Peggy Rishe said. "I also believe that the three of them will help open up the lines of communication between the Board of Education and the county commissioners.

"I think they would represent the voters of Union County very well."

Hodges is on the Union County Board of Education and was one of two opposed to the controversial school redistricting plan.

Laster comes from a real estate developing background. Rushing was a commissioner from 2002-2006. Jerry Simpson is currently serving as a commissioner. Stone was a commissioner for 12 years.
  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Stranded: No Money for CMS Field Trips

    Stranded: No Money for CMS Field Trips

    Thursday, July 31 2014 12:12 AM EDT2014-07-31 04:12:45 GMT
    No more money for field trips.
    No more money for field trips.
  • Battle in the Dilworth Neighborhood

    Battle in the Dilworth Neighborhood

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 11:28 PM EDT2014-07-31 03:28:51 GMT
    The Charlotte Planning Commission met on Wednesday night to determine a recommendation for the Dilworth neighborhood. It was part of Re-Zoning Petition 14-63. Developers want townhomes but neighbors say they want single-family homes in the neighborhood.
    The Charlotte Planning Commission met on Wednesday night to determine a recommendation for the Dilworth neighborhood. It was part of Re-Zoning Petition 14-63. Developers want townhomes but neighbors say they want single-family homes in the neighborhood.
  • New Tethering Rules in Kannapolis

    New Tethering Rules in Kannapolis

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 11:08 PM EDT2014-07-31 03:08:23 GMT
    If you chain your dog outside and you live in Kannapolis, there are new regulations being put in place to ensure your pup is safe when you leave the yard. Many people chain their dog outside for only a few minutes, but others leave their dogs outside in the heat for the entire day. The Humane Society in Concord has seen 5-6 dogs die due to strangulation from their chains in recent months. Though the City of Kannapolis has not had any formal complaints of dogs chained for long periods of time,...
    If you chain your dog outside and you live in Kannapolis, there are new regulations being put in place to ensure your pup is safe when you leave the yard. Many people chain their dog outside for only a few minutes, but others leave their dogs outside in the heat for the entire day. The Humane Society in Concord has seen 5-6 dogs die due to strangulation from their chains in recent months. Though the City of Kannapolis has not had any formal complaints of dogs chained for long periods of time,...
Powered by WorldNow

WJZY FOX 46
3501 Performance Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28214
Main Number: (704) 398-0046

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices