The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

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April 24, 2014

County Commission candidates express views on issues

Thursday, April 24, 2014 — Democrat and Republican voters will narrow the field of county commissioner candidates via May’s primaries, in which there are contests for two of the four district seats up for election this November as well as one at-large seat.

For Democrats, the list is short as Franklin Lee of Norwood will face Debra Morgan of Albemarle in the at-large race. Unopposed for the Democratic nomination are Phil Burris, District 3, and Richard Almond, District 4, both of Albemarle.

The GOP primary ballot will be a little longer as Scott Efird of Locust and Mike Barbee of Stanfield seek the District 1 ballot slot and Bill Lawhon of Albemarle faces Ronny Couick of Norwood in District 2.

Unopposed in their party are Joseph Burleson of Locust in District 3 and incumbent Gene McIntyre of New London in District 4.

Four Republicans will face off for a chance at the at-large seat. They are Matthew Swain and Jann Lowder, both of Albemarle, Art Burleson of New London and Heather Boles Couick of Norwood.

Luanne Williams is a freelance contributor for The Stanly News & Press.

Editor’s note:  Candidates for the Stanly County Board of Commissioners were asked to complete a questionnaire about county-related issues so voters could learn where they stand on specific issues as well as learn more about the respective candidates. Only those candidates contested in the May 6 primary participated in the Q & A. Responses were limited to 200 words or less and may have been edited for length and clarity. Below are the questions with each candidate’s response marked with the question’s corresponding number. A short biography and photos are provided with the candidates who submitted this information.

1. Why are you running for county commissioner and why are you the best candidate?

2. What do you perceive as the most pressing issue facing Stanly County?

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