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Melissa Stewart

Candidacy Of Individual In District Court Contest Challenged

Alexander County Board of Elections Director Patrick Wike released information regarding a Notice of Candidate Challenge Hearing. The hearing is being held regarding the candidacy of Melissa Stewart for District Court Judge in District 32.

Stewart said in an email last Friday (December 22) that the candidate challenge was filed by a friend of her opponent. The challenge is based on the residency of the candidate. It is alleged that Stewart is not a full-time resident of Alexander County and only stays at the residence seven days a month. According to our news partner WACB in Taylorsville, Stewart said she is a lifelong resident of Alexander County and looks forward to defending herself.

Last Friday the North Carolina State Board of Elections appointed a five member multi-county board of elections panel to conduct a hearing in regards to the candidacy of Melissa Stewart for the Office of NC District Court Judge District 32 Seat 3.

The following members were appointed to the panel: Alan Carpenter, Ginky Torres, Jason Abernathy, and Jameka Hayes, all from the Iredell County Board of Elections and Nancy K. Sharpe from the Alexander County Board of Elections.

The State Board selected Alan Carpenter to chair the panel. The hearing will commence Thursday (December 28) at 2:00 p.m. at the Iredell County Commissioners Meeting Room which is located at 200 South Center Street in Statesville.

[Story and photos courtesy of Rick Gilbert, WACB]