Voting in Dist. 1 Elders-Crowe race going on now
From staff reports
JACKSON COUNTY -- Three of the five seats on the Jackson County Board of Commissioners are up for grabs this year and early voting is going on now to decide who will fill one of the three seats. Two Republicans -- incumbent Charles Elders and challenger Jarrett Crowe -- are currently vying to see who will take on Democrat Gayle Woody in this fall’s general election for the District 1 seat on the board of commissioners.
The two other Jackson commission seats up for grabs this year -- incumbent Dist. 2 Commissioner Boyce Deitz’s and incumbent chairman Brian McMahan’s -- are uncontested in the primary and so will be decided strictly in Nov. 8 general election voting.
And, although the primary election is officially May 8, early voting ballots are being cast now in the Elders-Crowe Dist. 1 race.
While the candidates themselves must live in the district they represent, they are elected in county-wide, at-large voting. This means southern Jackson County voters -- those living in Cashiers, Glenville, Sapphire and Tuckasegee, help decide who will fill any of the commission seats up for grabs, not just the ones for the southern Jackson County districts.
So, southern Jackson County voters can help decide how the Elders-Crowe race turns out.
(Editor’s note: The Crossroads Chronicle submitted the following identical questionnaires to the two candidates vying for the District 1 seat on the Jackson County Board of Commissioners in the Republican primary. Although the primary is May 8, some early voting has already started. The two candidates’ responses are listed below with each candidate appearing in alphabetical order. Although candidates in District 1, a northern Jackson County district, must live in that district, they are elected by at-large voting, which includes all of southern Jackson County, including Cashiers, Glenville, Sapphire and Tuckasegee. Challenger Jarrett Crowe faces incumbent Charles Elder in the county-wide primary election.)
Name: Jarrett Crowe.
Address: Wolfetown in Cherokee.
Occupation: Retired from a performing company (Unto These Hills). Served on numerous boards and committees, including two terms on the 1997 Constitution Committee Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Also served with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Board of Elections, president of the Cherokee Boys and Girls Club board. Served with the North Carolina Board for Licensing of Soil Scientists.
Educational background: High school diploma, and attended Southwest Community College.
Spouse / children: Single.
Church / clubs / civic organizations: Cherokee Church of God. Superintendent and elder of the church.
Party affiliation: Republican.
Name two challenges you would face if elected and what you would do in response to each of these challenges: 1. Improving public safety in schools. The safety of the schools is paramount. It’s important for students to attend school without the threat of getting shot at or killed. 2. Improving the transparency of the Jackson County Board of Commissioners.
Why should people vote for you: I have several issues with the Jackson County. I am concerned about the “Brunch Bill.” As a Christian, I am opposed to any forms of alcohol, but I understand that the will of the people, and for the benefit of the economy, the people have the right to vote for the early sale of alcohol on Sunday or not.
Name: Charles Elders.
Address: Barkers Creek.
Occupation: Small business owner (Elders Superette Exxon station). Served 12 years on the Jackson County Board of Commissioners, with appointments to many other boards and committees. Has served with the Department of Social Services board and as chairman of the Mountain Projects board.
Educational background: High school diploma.
Spouse / children: Wife, Shirley Elders; one son.
Church / clubs / civic organizations: Whittier Church of God.
Party affiliation: Republican.
Name two challenges you would face if elected and what you would do in response to each of these challenges: 1. Continuing work on several of the projects I want to see finished.
2. Safety, it’s the main thing is the issues with our schools. The greatest resource is our children. There has been a lot of violence in our schools and I hope it never happens to us.
Why should people vote for you: To continue my work as a three-term commissioner with the Jackson County Board of Commissioners. I think we’re making good progress in getting a lot of these projects finished. I think Jackson County and the board of commissioners are doing a good job in getting things done and I want to continue with that.
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