Brittney Lofthouse – Staff Writer
This year marks the midterm election season and in 2018, Macon County will see numerous board seats up for grabs as well as state and national offices.
The 2018 Primary Election will be held on May 8. All registered voters in Macon County will be eligible to vote in this election. Absentee voting by mail for the primary will begin on March 19, and will end on May 1. One-Stop Early Voting will begin on April 19, and will end on May 5.
As in past elections, two early voting locations will be in place. In Franklin, the Board of Elections Office is located in the basement of the Macon County Courthouse. The hours will be Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Early voting will also be held at the Highlands Civic Center, located at 600 N. 4th Street, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Early Voting always ends on the Saturday before Election Day. On Election Day the polls will open at 6:30 a.m. and will close at 7:30 p.m. at all precinct locations in Macon County.
There will be no voting at the Macon County Courthouse on Election Day. Voters must go to their designated polling location to vote. For help locating your polling location, contact the Macon County Board of Elections office and they will provide that information to you.
The filing period for the 2018 Primary Election will begin on Monday, Feb. 12, at noon and will end on Wednesday, Feb. 28, at noon.
The following local seats will be up for re-election this year:
US House of Representatives District 11: This seat is a two-year term and is currently held by Mark Meadows, re-elected in 2016.
District Attorney District 30: This is a four-year term and is currently held by Ashley Welch, elected in 2014.
NC Senator District 50: This is a two-year term and is currently held by Jim Davis, re-elected in 2016.
NC House of Representatives District 120: This is a two-year term and is currently held by Kevin Corbin, elected in 2016.
Macon County Commissioner District 1: This is a four-year term and is currently held by Jim Tate, elected in 2014.
Two seats for Macon County Commissioner District 2: These are four-year terms. One seat is currently held by Ronnie Beale, re-elected in 2014, and the other seat is held by Gary Shields, elected in 2014.
Sheriff: This is a four-year term and is currently held by Robbie Holland, re-elected in 2014.
Register of Deeds: This is a four-year term and is currently held by Todd Raby, re-elected in 2014.
Clerk of Superior Court: This is a four-year term and is currently held by Vic Perry, re-elected in 2014.
Macon County Board of Education District 2: This is a four-year term and is currently held by Tommy Cabe, re-elected in 2014.
Macon County Board of Education District 4: This is a four-year term and is currently held by Fred Goldsmith, elected in 2014.
The filing period for two seats for Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisor begins Monday, June 11, at noon and runs through Friday, July 6, at noon. These are four-year terms, one of which is currently held by Pamela Bell, elected in 2014. The seat left vacant by James Roper is also up for election.
For further information, visit the board of elections website, facebook, or contact the Board of Elections staff at (828)349-2034 or firstname.lastname@example.org