Six more Republican candidates have filed to include their names on the 2018 Lincoln County election ballot.
Former Lincolnton Police Department Lt. Jason Munday became the fourth candidate, all of whom are Republicans, to file for the 2018 election of a new Lincoln County sheriff. Munday and his prospective chief deputy, former Lincolnton Police Department detective Brent Heavner, have both been fired from the department for allegedly spreading “rumors and gossip” about a fellow officer. Both men maintain that they were simply doing the job that they were sworn to do and have hired legal counsel to fight their dismissals.
Munday had served as an officer with the Lincolnton Police Department since 2003, working his way up from a patrol officer to the lieutenant in charge of the narcotics division. Prior to that, Munday served for two years each with the Statesville Police Department and the Hudson Police Department, as well as four years of service with the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office.
Munday will join two current members of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Capt. Tim Johnson and Lt. Jon Propst, on the ballot. Former Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office chief deputy and current Lincoln County Board of Commissioners chairman Bill Beam has also filed to seek the Republican Party’s nomination.
Two more Republicans have filed to run for one of the two vacant seats on the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners, bringing the total number of Republican county commission candidates to five. The Lincoln County Democratic Party has yet to field a candidate for a spot on the board, which hasn’t seen a Democrat elected in nearly 20 years.
Raye Watson-Smyth, a Charlotte native who now resides in Lowesville, will be running her first campaign for office. Watson-Smyth, however, is familiar with Lincoln County politics, formerly serving as an executive board member of the Lincoln County Republican Party.
Theodore Huss, another longtime Lincoln County Republican, will join Watson-Smyth, as well as George Mull, Christine Poinsette and Milton Sigmon on the ballot.
Derek Thom became the first Republican candidate to file for one of the four Lincolnton City Council seats up for election. Thom, a former Lincolnton police officer, will challenge incumbent Democrat Dr. Martin Eaddy for his Ward 3 seat.
Lincoln County state Rep. Jason Saine, a Lincolnton Republican, filed to run for re-election on Friday. Saine is the lone candidate to file for the seat at this time, although Marine Corps veteran Nic Haag told the Times-News last year that he plans to seek the Republican Party’s nomination for the seat as well.
Saine joined the legislature in 2011 when he was appointed to fill the seat of Johnathan Rhyne, who moved outside of the district in the midst of his first term. In 2016, Saine ran unopposed in the Republican primary election and the subsequent general election in November.
Rep. Patrick McHenry, the chief deputy whip in the United States House of Representatives, will now face two Republican challengers in May’s primary election. McHenry has represented North Carolina’s 10th congressional district since 2004.
Jeff Gregory, a Kings Mountain native and veteran of the United States Air Force, will challenge McHenry a second time after receiving approximately 12 percent of the vote in the 2016 Republican Primary. Gregory will join McHenry and Gina Collias on the May ballot, with the winner moving on to face David Brown, a Democrat, in November’s general election.
Prospective candidates have until noon on Feb. 28 to file and have their names included on the 2018 election ballot.