The 2018 party primary elections in Lincoln County are scheduled for Tuesday, with numerous Republican candidates vying for various federal, state and local seats, but only one race between local Democrats.
There are six Republican candidates campaigning for that party’s nomination to become the next Lincoln County sheriff. With no Democrat in the running, the winner of Tuesday’s primary will only face Lincolnton street preacher and U.S. Marine Corps veteran Alan Hoyle, who recently garnered enough signatures to land on the ballot as an independent candidate, in November’s general election.
Former Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office chief deputy and sitting chairman of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners Bill Beam has raised and spent more money than any other sheriff candidate during this election cycle. Beam, who’s been endorsed by current Lincoln County Sheriff David Carpenter, has raised nearly $15,000 for his campaign and spent just over $13,000. Carpenter donated $500, while fellow Lincoln County Commissioner Martin Oakes contributed $682 in support of Beam.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Tim Johnson and former Lincolnton Police Department Lt. Jason Munday have each raised nearly $12,000. Johnson, who received the largest single donation — nearly $5,000 from Bill Rhine of Rhine Enterprises — expended nearly $10,000 of what he raised, while Munday spent close to $9,000.
Longtime Lincoln County Commissioner Carrol Mitchem has raised nearly $10,000, almost half of which was self-funded, on his first quest to become sheriff. Mitchem has spent all but $400 of what he raised during this election cycle.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Jon Propst has taken in just over $9,000 to put toward his campaign. Propst has spent all but $100 of what he raised, including nearly $2,000 on campaign mailers.
The sixth and final Republican sheriff candidate, military veteran Anthony Huss, had not reported his campaign finance numbers to the Lincoln County Board of Elections office as of Friday afternoon. A notice has been sent to Huss advising him that he needs to submit his campaign finance reports.
There are also six Republican candidates vying for two seats on the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners that will be vacated at the end of the year. Like the race for sheriff, there are no Democrats in the running for those two county seats.
Former Lincoln County Planning Board chair Christine Poinsette has raised $2,800, more than any other county commission candidate. Former Lincolnton Mayor John Gilleland contributed $100 to Poinsette’s campaign and former Lincoln County Board of Education member George Barr donated $250.
Denver Defense manager Bud Cesena is the only other county commission candidate to raise over $2,000, checking in at $2,350, of which he spent all but about $20.
Raye Watson-Smyth had raised almost $2,000 as of the most recent reporting deadline. Watson-Smyth has brought in $1,840, including a $100 contribution from Lincoln County District Attorney Mike Miller.
Lincoln County Planning Board member Milton Sigmon has raised $1,600, although most of that was self-funded aside from a few smaller donations from family members. Sigmon spent all but about $70 of what he raised, with most of his expenditures going toward advertising with local radio station WLON and the Times-News.
The two remaining county commission candidates, Theodore Huss and George Mull, had not met the $1,000 reporting benchmark as of the most recent reporting deadline.
In Lincoln County’s only Democratic primary, Lincolnton City Council candidate Mary Frances White has raised $2,000, including a $100 contribution from former Lincoln County Sheriff Barbara Pickens. Her opponent, former Lincolnton police officer Willie Vaughn, has not met the $1,000 reporting benchmark.
On the state level, Lincoln County state Rep. Jason Saine — a Lincolnton Republican — has raised over $135,000 during this election cycle, while spending just over $72,000. The largest contribution to Saine’s campaign, checking in at $5,200, was donated by Duke Energy. Saine’s largest expenditure, nearly $6,500, went to Mary Claire Brown of Denver for fundraising consulting.
Marine Corps veteran Nic Haag, Saine’s opponent in Tuesday’s Republican primary, has taken in less than $200 in donations to his campaign. Haag, a Denver resident, campaigned unsuccessfully for a state Senate seat as a Libertarian candidate in 2016.
Incumbent Lincoln County state Sen. David Curtis, a Denver Republican, has raised just over $103,000 during this election cycle, spending nearly $82,000 of that as of the most recent reporting deadline. The largest contribution to Curtis’s campaign was an in-kind donation of approximately $9,000 from the North Carolina Republican Senate Caucus. His largest expenditure, checking in at over $13,000, was paid to Batchelor Campaign Services in Raleigh for consulting.
Sitting Lincoln County Commissioner Martin Oakes, who is one of two Republicans challenging Curtis for his state Senate seat, has brought in approximately $34,500 to his campaign, although over half of that resulted from a loan. Oakes received a $200 donation from fellow Lincoln County Commissioner Rich Permenter, while his largest expenditure checked in at nearly $7,000 for campaign mailers.
Former Shelby Mayor Ted Alexander, the other Republican challenger for Curtis’s seat, has raised nearly $45,000 while spending just over $18,000 of that. Several medical organizations have donated thousands of dollars to Alexander’s campaign, which Curtis believes is a response to his desire for better rural healthcare in North Carolina.
For more voting information for Tuesday’s election, click on the “elections” tab on the Lincoln County website or call the Lincoln County Board of Elections office at (704) 736-8480.