Early voting begins
Early voting begins today throughout the state for the May 6 primary.
Drawing interest throughout the Tri-County is the district attorney race between Cindy Bostic and Mike Waters. There are also primaries for two sheriff races, county commissioners and school boards.
In Vance County, Gloria White is challenged by Carolyn Faines for the District 1 seat on the county board of education.
In Granville County, the Democratic primary for the sheriff’s office includes Brindell B. Wilkins Jr., Ronald M. Smith Sr. and Jamye D. Hughes.
Two board of education seats have competition: Brenda Dickerson-Daniel and Tom Houlihan in District 2, and Danny L. Eudy and Catherine (Rose) Lyon in District 6. Toney Smith is unopposed in District 1.
The Superior Court clerk’s race includes Yancey Washington, Currin F. Knott and Danny Emory.
In Warren County, Democratic primaries have competition for sheriff (Johnny M. Williams, Greg Ayscue) and three county commissioner seats. In District 2, Richard Wilkins faces Tare “T” Davis; in District 3, Andy Riggleman, Gary Morgan, Victor Hunt and Ruby Downey are on the ballot; and in District 4, Bertadeen Baker faces Charles Ayscue.
Warren County has three uncontested board of education races.
Elsewhere in the Tri-County:
• Both parties have a primary for the U.S. Senate seat occupied by Kay Hagan. Republicans are choosing between Thom Tillis, Jim Snyder, Edward Kryn, Mark Harris, Heather Grant, Alex Lee Bradshaw, Greg Brannon, Ted Alexander. Democrats have Hagan, Will Stewart and Ernest T. Reeves.
• Henderson’s Dan Whittacre is challenging Wilson incumbent G.K. Butterfield for the U.S. House of Representatives District 1 seat in a Democratic primary. Republicans Arthur Rich and Brent Shypulefski battle it out in their primary to face the winner of the Democratic challenge in November.