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BREAKING NEWS: Qualifying for County and City Elections Begins Soon

ZEBULON - Elections will be held a little bit different than you are used to this year. Pike County has a Board of Elections & Registration which is now in charge of elections. (The members of the Board of Elections & Registration are shown in the picture above.) Lynn Vickers is the Election Supervisor.

Most of the cities have already agreed to have or are in discussion about allowing the county to conduct their elections beginning in November of 2019. If the cities have agreed for the county conduct their elections, all early voting will take place in Zebulon at the Office of the Board of Elections & Registrations. All county early voting will take place at this same location.

And that is not all. There will be a public hearing on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at 4 p.m. in the Pike County Commissioner's Conference Room located at 331 Thomaston Street in Zebulon for Zebulon residents to give their input on the possibility of changing the polling place for City of Zebulon voters from City Hall where the precinct is currently to the Pike County Courthouse. Zebulon residents are encouraged to attend.

At this time, there is one County Commission Seat that will be on the November ballot. Commissioner Tommy Powers served our county for many years in this seat and recently passed away. Qualifying information for his seat will be in the County Election portion of this article.

There are state regulations that define when the cities can hold qualifying. Pay special attention to the dates and times for each city because this is not uniform, but they are conducting their qualifying within the parameters of state guidelines.

If you would like to vote in this election but are not registered to vote at this time or you need to change your county of residence because you are a new resident to Pike County, you have until the close of business on Monday, October 7, 2019 to go to the Office of Elections & Registrations located beside the Pike County Sheriff's Office on Jackson Street right across from the Courthouse. If you have any questions about your registration or how to vote in this election, please call the Office of Elections & Registration at 770-567-2003.

County Election Information

There will be a special election for Commissioner Tommy Powers District 3 Commission seat on November 5, 2019. Qualifying will take place on August 19-23, 2019 (Monday through Friday) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday with qualifying ending at noon on Friday, August 23.

Those who qualify will qualify as a Republican or Democrat but there will be no party primary. Voters will make their choice in the election and, should a runoff be required, it will be held on Tuesday, December 3, 2019.

Early voting will take place Monday, October 14 through Friday, November 1, 2019. Election Day will be on Tuesday, November 5, 2019.

City Election Information

Zebulon

The office of Mayor will be on the November ballot. Bobby Blalock is the currently in this seat.

The District 1 Post 2 seat currently held by David Woods and the District 2 Post 1 seat currently held by Dewey Yarbrough will be on the November ballot.

There will be a special election to fill the expired term of District 2 Post 2 in November. Joe Walter is resigning from his current post to run for mayor.

Qualifying in Zebulon will be at Zebulon City Hall from August 19-23 (Monday through Friday) from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Friday.

Concord

The City Council Seat Post 3 is currently held by Josh Caldwell and will be on the November ballot.

City Council Seat Post 4 is currently held by Subrenna Weathers and will be on the November ballot.

City Council Seat Post 5 is currently held by Rick Calhoun and will be on the November ballot.

Qualifying in Concord will be at Concord City Hall from August 20, 21, and 22 (Tuesday through Thursday) from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Molena

The office of Mayor will be on the November ballot. George Ingram is the currently in this seat.

The Post 1 seat is currently vacant and will be on the November ballot.

The Post 2 seat is currently held by Damon Riggins and will be on the November ballot.

Qualifying in Molena will be at Molena City Hall August 26, 27, and 28 (Monday through Wednesday) at Molena City Hall from 8:30-3:30 with the office being closed for lunch from 12:00 to 1 p.m.

Williamson

The office of Mayor will be on the November ballot. Steve Fry is the currently in this seat.

City Council 1 is currently held by Stephen Levin and will be on the November ballot.

City Council 3 is currently vacant and will be on the November ballot.

City Council 4 is currently held by Carol Berry and will be on the November ballot.

City Council 5 is currently held by Brenda Bennett and will be on the November ballot.

Qualifying in Williamson will be at Williamson City Hall on August 19, 20, and 21 (Monday through Wednesday) starting at 8:30 a.m. and ending at 4 p.m. on the Wednesday, August 21.

Closing

This article will be updated as more information becomes available.

[Note from the Editor: Thank you to all who have served in your cities up until this point, and thank you to all who are going to throw your hats in the ring for the November election. It takes a special kind of person to want to serve in a leadership capacity, and you are appreciated more than you realize. Things don't just happen for our county or our cities, it takes leadership and teamwork to get things done!

Thank you again to Commissioner Tommy Powers' family for sharing him with the county over the years. Tommy and I didn't always see eye to eye, but he always answered the phone when I called, and he always listened to what I had to say. In this day and age, that is a rare thing in politics.

P.S. If you are involved in elections and see anything that is incorrect in this article, please call or text me immediately at 770-468-7583. Special thanks to everyone who spent time talking to me this afternoon!]


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