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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.
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