Each incumbent facing challenger today
Candidates have made their pitches.
They’ve knocked on doors, stood on the street and pressed palms. They’ve stated their case in a forum on a live radio broadcast, in interviews with The Dispatch and in several invitation settings for groups.
Today is Election Day in the city, and the Henderson City Council’s four seats on the ballot include an incumbent and one challenger for each.
“If you compare to 2009, it’s a little over,” Faye Gill said of the number who voted early. Gill is the director of the county elections office.
Gill said when the two-week period of early voting closed on Saturday, 614 had cast ballots. That’s less than six per hour for the 106½ hours the polling spot on Garnett Street was open.
In 2009, a total of 554 used early voting.
Gill said no problems were reported.
As for voters today, she said, “If in doubt, call the office and we’ll send them in the right direction.”
Henderson has four wards, each sending two representatives to the Council. One is an at-large pick, able to be voted in by all residents. Half of the Council seats go on the ballot every two years.
In the Ward 1 at-large race, Charles Douglas is the challenger to incumbent Sara Coffey. In the Ward 2 at-large race, Arnold Booth Jr. is the challenger to incumbent Mike Inscoe.
For the Ward 3 seat, Geraldine Champion is the challenger to incumbent Garry Daeke. For the Ward 4 seat, Fearldine Simmons is the challenger to incumbent Vernon Brown.
Douglas was an interrogator with the U.S. Army. He said important issues the City Council can affect for Henderson are education and the crime rate.
Coffey is a business owner in Henderson. She campaigned on families’ sustainability through jobs and the city’s economic development.
Booth is also a business owner in Henderson. He campaigned on jobs, education and a better city via better citizens.
Inscoe is another business owner. His campaign issues were the crime rate and economic development, with an emphasis on collaborative efforts and using incentives.
Champion is a grandmother helping care for her grandchildren. She campaigned on improving education to help economic development, and she cited the crime rate as an issue.
Daeke is development coordinator for Franklin-Granville-Vance Smart Start. He pledged to seek unity in helping the city with its struggling unemployment and lack of growth in the tax base, and he noted quality of life among his concerns.
Simmons is a retired educator. In her campaign, she said economic development and education are linked.
Brown is a retired social worker. His campaign points included infrastructure and moving the city forward with benefits enjoyed by other communities in the 21st century.
Only Henderson voters of the three municipalities in Vance County will go to the polls today. Election Day is Nov. 5 for Kittrell and Middleburg.
Municipalities in Warren and Granville counties also go to the polls Nov. 5.
Polls open today at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m.
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• Where to go: If you’re not sure where to vote today, visit the State Board of Elections website at ncsbe.gov and click the icon for “My Polling Place.” Polls open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m.
• Sample ballot: To see your sample ballot visit the State Board of Elections website at ncsbe.gov, look to the right and click on “View your Sample Ballot.”
• Results: Visit hendersondispatch.com for the results as they become available, as well as the print editions on Wednesday and Thursday. Wednesday’s Dispatch print edition will have results available at press time, and Thursday’s edition will follow with reaction and impact.