Taylor Pardue Staff Reporter
November 4, 2013
The years between presidential elections are often referred to as off years in the election cycle. Voters in the four Yadkin townships vote for mayors and town commissioners, but the lack of a congressional or presidential candidate on the ballot cause many to skip the vote altogether.
In reality, the Yadkin elections this Tuesday have a lot at stake for county voters.
Voters in East Bend, Boonville and Yadkinville are able to vote on their mayors and commissioners this year. Voters in Jonesville are able to vote for mayor and commissioners, but also have the town’s alcohol referendum.
Voters in Yadkin County as a whole will also decide Tuesday if they want to increase their sales tax percentage.
East Bend’s Mayor Larry Adams is running unopposed for his post.
David Frederick, Stewart Maples, and Wanda Spillman Johnson are candidates for town commissioners.
Yadkinville’s mayor Hubert Gregory is running unopposed for his post, with Thomas “Eddie” Norman and Kelly Oliver running for commissioner.
Boonville’s mayor Rusty Hunter is also running unopposed as mayor.
David Anderson, Gerald Brown, Jennifer Wagoner Casstevens, Bonnie Bovender Lasky, Tony Reece and Luke Storie are running for commissioner.
Jonesville’s mayoral position is being sought by three candidates, according to the county’s Board of Elections.
Jerry Lee Wood, Jennifer Dapp, and current Mayor Pro-Tem Gene Pardue are officially in the race, according to the board. Former mayor Lindbergh Swaim died earlier this year, leaving no incumbent to run.
Anita Darnell, Andy Green and Tommy Casstevens are running for commissioner. Judy Wolfe is a write-in candidate for commissioner as well.
As with all the elections, write-in candidates are possible for all positions in the four towns.
Jonesville voters will take on an additional item on this year’s ballot.
Along with the mayoral and commissioners’ positions comes the town’s newest alcohol referendum, placed on the ballot after an alcohol referendum vote passed the town council in September.
If passed the vote would allow the sale of alcoholic beverages in restaurants and other businesses like hotels, the establishment of an Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) store, and the continued sale of wine, which is already legal in town limits.
Various restaurants and hotels have joined to push for the referendum to pass, while local churches and stores have disapproved of the idea.
Residents in the town seem to be split in their opinions. Signs both for and against the issue are posted all over the town’s intersections and neighborhoods, and the vote seems to be a dead split going into Tuesday’s elections.
Every voter in Yadkin County has at least one option on their ballot this year.
The county is looking to increase the sales tax by one-quarter of a percent to 7-percent.
Chairman of the Board of Commissioners Kevin Austin said in September the tax is expected to raise $400,000 in additional revenue.
The tax would not be levied against groceries, medicine, or gasoline. Prepared food at restaurants and fast food establishments will be taxed.
If passed the commissioners must give the N.C. Department of Revenue 90 days advance notice before levying the tax.
Austin said the tax must begin being levied on the beginning of a fiscal year quarter, meaning April 2014 would be the earliest the tax could be collected.
The referendum was worded to allow commissioners to bring the vote up again with no “cooling period” if the measure fails.
If the sales tax is voted down the commissioners can bring it up again for a vote immediately, with “no limitation on the number of attempts,” according to an abstract board of commissioners agenda sent by County Manager Aaron Church.
The abstract agenda was made available prior to the commissioners’ vote to put the measure on the ballot in September.
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