Election Day is today (November 2) and there are races in municipalities across the Greater Hickory Metro. There are also Board of Education contests in Hickory, Newton-Conover, and Burke County.
In Catawba County, Brookford’s mayoral race is uncontested, and there are three candidates for two seats on the Board of Aldermen. Catawba has a Town Council race with four candidates vying for two seats. Three hopefuls are competing for Mayor of Claremont, the Town Council seats are uncontested with two candidates vying for two seats.
The race for Mayor in Conover is uncontested, and there are four candidates for two full-term seats on Town Council. Additionally, there are three candidates vying for an unexpired term on Conover Town Council. The race for Mayor is uncontested in Maiden, and there are eight candidates for three seats on Town Council. Six candidates are running for three seats on Newton Town Council.
Candidates are vying for seats on Hickory’s Board of Education in Wards 1,2,3, & 5. Wards 2 & 3 are uncontested. In the Newton-Conover Schools Board of Education race, there are two candidates for one seat in the Conover District and four hopefuls for two slots in the Newton District.
In Burke County, the two seats open on Morganton City Council are uncontested. There are contested races for Connelly Springs Mayor and Board of Aldermen, Hildebran Mayor, Rhodhiss Town Commissioner, Rutherford College Town Council, Valdese Mayor and Town Council Ward 3. There are also contested races for the Burke County Board of Education in the Central, Eastern, and Western Districts.
In Caldwell County, there are six candidates for four seats on Lenoir City Council. There are also contested races for Blowing Rock Town Council, Gamewell Town Council, Hudson Town Commissioner, Rhodhiss Town Commissioner, & Sawmills Mayor.
There are no municipal races in Alexander County, or in the City of Hickory. Due to redistricting, Hickory’s municipal races are delayed until next Spring. The polls were scheduled to open at 6:30 a.m. and were scheduled to close at 7:30 p.m.