|Let The Games Begin!|
In Watauga County, we will have 3 county commission seats up for election. Vince Gable has stated his intent to run again for his seat; Jim Deal has said he will not run again for his. Rumors are that Deal may have his eye on the State Senate seat opposing incumbent Dan Soucek. Local Democrat Billy Kennedy, who lost his congressional bid against Virginia Foxx in 2010 by a huge margin, has announced his intent to contend for the Jim Deal vacancy.
Representative Jonathan Jordan, who represents Ashe and Watauga county will likely face Cullie Tarleton who has been pretty much running for the position ever since he lost to Jordan in the 2010 Republican sweep.
I am aware of at least two Republicans who plan to enter the county commissioners race and there is a likelihood of additional contenders.
Primaries for those races where they are required, will be May 8th. March 9 is first day for mail-in. April 19 is the beginning of One Stop Voting (early voting).