Tribune to feature candidate responses

By Wendy Byerly Wood -

Early voting for the Nov. 6 general election will begin Oct. 17 in North Carolina, and leading up to the November election, The Tribune will be highlighting candidates for the various contested races on local ballots from Surry, Wilkes and Yadkin counties.

This week’s candidate question-and-answer series will feature three races involving Surry County voters — Judicial District 17B district judge seat 2, South District of Surry County Board of Commissioners and Surry County sheriff.

In the District 17B race, long-time attorney Gretchen Hollar Kirkman, of Surry County, who was appointed earlier in the year to that seat, is facing opposition in Stokes County resident and assistant district attorney Tom Langan. The race is a nonpartisan race.

For the Surry County Board of Commissioners’ South District, incumbent Eddie Harris, a Republican, is facing challenger Karen Osburn-Chandler, a retired teacher and a Democrat.

The race for sheriff features incumbent Jimmy Combs, a Democrat who was appointed to fill the role after former sheriff Graham Atkinson retired, and another long-time employee of the sheriff’s office, Steve Hiatt, who is retired. Hiatt, a Republican, has run for the office previously.

The last day to register to vote in the Nov. 6 election will be Oct. 12 by visiting area party headquarters and offices or going to the board of elections office in each respective county.

OneStop early voting will begin Oct. 17 in Dobson at 915 E. Atkins St. and Mount Airy at 1218 State St. This year, those will be the only two locations to host early voting in Surry County. Hours will be Oct. 17-Nov. 2 Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Nov. 3 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Any voter can stop at any OneStop location during early voting.

Yadkin and Wilkes counties also will host early voting sites.

All other precincts, statewide, will be open for voting Nov. 6 from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Wendy Byerly Wood may be reached at 336-258-4035 or on Twitter @wendywoodeditor.

By Wendy Byerly Wood