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Moral March to take place on Thursday

A Moral March to the polls is being held in Sylva on Thursday October 23rd–just in time for early voting. Activists and participants will gather at 10:00 am in front of the old Jackson County Courthouse on Main Street and make the 2 mile walk to the Board of Elections office on Skyland Drive.
The Reverend Charles Lee will be leading the procession to the Elections office.

SCC to host political debate series

0915_DebateThe mere mention of words like “political debate” may cause some college students’ eyes to glaze over.

That’s not the case with members of Dr. Bucky Dann’s “Social Problems” class at Southwestern Community College.

Since the start of the fall semester, they’ve been studying up on regional and statewide issues in preparation for a series of debates that will be hosted in the Burrell Building conference center at SCC’s Jackson Campus over the next few weeks. Dr. Dann’s students will select and ask all questions of candidates at each event.

“A lot of times, debates are for older people,” said Gabrielle Beam, a 19-year-old Bryson City resident who’s pursuing an Associate of Arts degree at SCC. “I don’t think many people expect a teenager to care, much less know about these kinds of issues. So it’s cool to have this opportunity.”

The first debate, set for 7 p.m. on Sept. 25, will feature the six candidates (Independent Jack Debnam; Republicans Doug Cody and Charles Elders; and Democrats Boyce Deitz, Brian McMahan and Joe Ward) who are vying for three seats on the Jackson County Board of Commissioners. On Oct. 9, Democratic N.C. Representative Joe Sam Queen (D) will debate Republican challenger Mike Clampitt (R). And on Oct. 30, N.C. Senator Jim Davis (R) will face challenger Jane Hipps (D).

The public is invited to attend all three, and WRGC radio (540 AM) of Sylva plans to broadcast each one live.

“It’s really important to be unbiased,” Beam said. “The great thing is that our classmates are really diverse. We all come from different backgrounds, and we’re all going to have input into which questions are asked. I think it’ll be fun.

Another of Dr. Dann’s students, 16-year-old Early College student Kendra Graham, said she and her classmates are taking seriously the responsibility of being granted such significant roles at the debates.

“I’m a little nervous to be honest,” said Graham, who lives in Cullowhee. “But it’ll be nice to surprise people who may not think 16- or 17-year-olds are engaged in the political process.”

“We want to style our questions so that each candidate can answer from a neutral zone and know that they’re not being picked on,” Graham added.

To prepare students for the commissioners’ debate, Dr. Dann has invited Jackson County media to attend a class session and provide insight on some of the critical issues facing Jackson County.

Dr. Dann said he’s been impressed by how his students have embraced this challenge.

“Preparing for this debate has involved a lot of research,” Dr. Dann said. “Having our students ask questions that they’ve prepared and selected for these events is a key element of the learning process, and I’m very proud of their approach to this event. I am confident that everyone who attends will be impressed with our students, and more importantly, we’ll all learn a lot more about the candidates and where they stand.”

Recount In Jackson County GOP Sheriff’s Race

election2014The GOP race for Sheriff is heating up in Jackson County! Tuesday, Jimmy Hodgins requested a run off after the canvass ballots were certified. There was no clear winner in the election meaning no candidate received the 40% plus one vote to be declared the party’s winner.

Curtis Lambert received 424 votes. Hodgins received 376 votes and Mary Rock 375.

Immediately, Hodgins requested a run off. However, Mary Rock has requested a recount of the ballots. According to Rock, she was told all day Tuesday that she was tied with Hodgins for second place. Later one ballot made the difference.  On Monday at 8:30 am there will be a recount of ballots. During the canvass, Rock picked up 5 votes and Hodgins 2 creating the 1 vote gap between the two candidates.

The run off race is slated for July 15th.

Election Results!

US SENATE – REP (VOTE FOR 1)
Precincts Reported: 14 of 14
NAME ON BALLOT PARTY BALLOT COUNT PERCENT
Thom Tillis REP 540 43.37 %
Greg Brannon REP 440 35.34 %
Mark Harris REP 124 9.96 %
Heather Grant REP 74 5.94 %
Ted Alexander REP 29 2.33 %
Jim Snyder REP 21 1.69 %
Alex Lee Bradshaw REP 12 0.96 %
Edward Kryn REP 5 0.40 %
US SENATE – DEM (VOTE FOR 1)
Precincts Reported: 14 of 14
NAME ON BALLOT PARTY BALLOT COUNT PERCENT
Kay Hagan DEM 2,391 71.89 %
Will Stewart DEM 627 18.85 %
Ernest T. Reeves DEM 308 9.26 %
US SENATE – LIB (VOTE FOR 1)
Precincts Reported: 14 of 14
NAME ON BALLOT PARTY BALLOT COUNT PERCENT
Sean Haugh LIB 7 77.78 %
Tim D’Annunzio LIB 2 22.22 %
US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES DISTRICT 11 – DEM (VOTE FOR 1)
Precincts Reported: 14 of 14
NAME ON BALLOT PARTY BALLOT COUNT PERCENT
Tom Hill DEM 1,972 65.95 %
Keith Ruehl DEM 1,018 34.05 %
NC STATE SENATE DISTRICT 50 – DEM (VOTE FOR 1)
Precincts Reported: 14 of 14
NAME ON BALLOT PARTY BALLOT COUNT PERCENT
Jane Hipps DEM 2,164 64.04 %
Ron Robinson DEM 1,215 35.96 %
NC HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES DISTRICT 119 – REP (VOTE FOR 1)
Precincts Reported: 14 of 14
NAME ON BALLOT PARTY BALLOT COUNT PERCENT
Mike Clampitt REP 711 59.05 %
Dodie Allen REP 281 23.34 %
Aaron Littlefield REP 212 17.61 %
SHERIFF – REP (VOTE FOR 1)
Precincts Reported: 14 of 14
NAME ON BALLOT PARTY BALLOT COUNT PERCENT
Curtis Lambert REP 417 35.92 %
Jimmy Hodgins REP 374 32.21 %
Mary Alice Rock REP 370 31.87 %
SHERIFF – DEM (VOTE FOR 1)
Precincts Reported: 14 of 14
NAME ON BALLOT PARTY BALLOT COUNT PERCENT
Chip L. Hall DEM 1,559 42.43 %
Steve Lillard DEM 1,261 34.32 %
Doug Farmer DEM 397 10.81 %
Robin Gunnels DEM 357 9.72 %
Glen Biller DEM 88 2.40 %
Michael M. Gosnell DEM 12 0.33 %
SUPREME COURT ASSOCIATE JUSTICE (HUDSON) (VOTE FOR 1)
Precincts Reported: 14 of 14
NAME ON BALLOT PARTY BALLOT COUNT PERCENT
Robin Hudson 1,851 44.55 %
Eric Levinson 1,283 30.88 %
Jeanette Doran 1,021 24.57 %
BOARD OF EDUCATION DISTRICT 2 (VOTE FOR 1)
Precincts Reported: 14 of 14
NAME ON BALLOT PARTY BALLOT COUNT PERCENT
Ken Henke 3,757 98.45 %
Write-In (Miscellaneous) 59 1.55 %
BOARD OF EDUCATION DISTRICT 4 (VOTE FOR 1)
Precincts Reported: 14 of 14
NAME ON BALLOT PARTY BALLOT COUNT PERCENT
Ali Laird-Large 1,897 42.56 %
Wanda McCall Nicholson 1,314 29.48 %
Judy Watson Henry 1,238 27.78 %
Write-In (Miscellaneous) 8 0.18 %

BOARD OF EDUCATION DISTRICT 5 (VOTE FOR 1)
Precincts Reported: 14 of 14
NAME ON BALLOT PARTY BALLOT COUNT PERCENT
Margaret M. McRae 3,761 99.23 %
Write-In (Miscellaneous)