Local, live election returns can be heard on WIZS 1450 AM and on wizs.com Tuesday night beginning at 7:30. In addition to the live audio on air and online, there will be a live results sheet on wizs.com that you can follow as we type in the vote totals.
The City of Henderson non-partisan election will take place Tuesday, October 10th. Based on the number of people who filed to run for the Henderson City Council seats up for grabs this year, there is one contested race, and that’s for the Ward 4 Ward Seat. However, the Ward 2 At Large seat will see a contest as well.
The Ward 4 Ward Seat incumbent, Fearldine Simmons, is being challenged by Blakely Lee Bates. Simmons won the Ward 4 Ward Seat back in October of 2013 with 51.08% of the vote, when a total of 325 people from the ward voted. Bates last ran for local office in October of 2015 when he challenged Ward 4 At Large incumbent George Daye.
The filing period in Vance County ended on July 21, 2017, and you can click here for a complete list.
For Ward 2 At Large, William Burnette filed to seek the seat being vacated by incumbent Mike Inscoe. Inscoe did not file for re-election after serving for four consecutive terms. Bryan Hargrove is running a write-in campaign against Burnette. In order for a vote for a write-in candidate to count, a voter must fill in the bubble beside write-in on the ballot and then write a name, according to Deputy Director Melody Vaughan with the Vance County Board of Elections. As for Inscoe, he explained more about his decision not to run in this link to a Daily Dispatch article on August 3.
The polls open at 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 10 and close at 7:30 p.m.
Early One-Stop voting has concluded.
Sara Coffey is running unopposed for the Ward 1 At Large Seat.
Garry D. Daeke is running unopposed for the Ward 3 Ward Seat.
Both Coffey and Daeke won substantially in 2013.
Ward seats are voted on exclusively by residents in the ward’s precincts. At Large seats are voted on by all eligible voters in the city.
Seats on the Henderson City Council are elected every four years. Also, the mayor is elected every four years.
Here in 2017, Ward 1 At Large, Ward 2 At Large, Alderman 3rd Ward and Alderman 4th Ward are being elected. Back in 2015, the mayor was elected along with Ward 3 At Large, Ward 4 At Large, Alderman 1st Ward and Alderman 2nd Ward.