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This story has been modified from a previous version to include more information about the candidates in the second primary election.

Originally published: 2014-07-02 09:53:01
Last modified: 2014-07-07 11:30:11

County election board prepares for second primary

by Allison Haver

Members of the Watauga County Board of Elections gathered on Tuesday to count absentee ballots.


The board is in the process for preparing for the second primary on Thursday.


"We are meeting now because we are in the middle of the second primary," board secretary Bill Aceto said.


The second primary is held to decide runoffs for certain races as a result of the May 6 primary election. 


The only runoff on the ballot in Watauga County is the contest between Democrats Josh Brannon and Gardenia Henley to decide who will face Republican incumbent Virginia Foxx in the Fifth District Congressional race this November.


Brannon is a software developer from Vilas in Watauga County who said he will fight for the rights of people over corporations, for equal representation in government and for education.


Henley is a U.S. Air Force veteran and retired U.S. diplomat inspector general auditor in charge from Winston-Salem. Henley's highlighted platform tenets include ethical, transparent and unbiased representation; responsible use of tax dollars; and economic development and redevelopment.


The board will meet again at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 8, to continue counting absentee ballots, and a training will be held for precinct officials at 7 p.m. at the Watauga County Agricultural Center, according to Aceto.


Early voting for the second primary will take place at the Watauga County Board of Elections office on the ground floor of Watauga County Courthouse in downtown Boone.


Hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, and then the office will close on Friday for Independence Day.


Early voting will resume from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 7-11 and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 12.


The second primary election day is Tuesday, July 15, from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at all precinct poling locations in the county. 


The board will officially meet on July 23 to discuss the one-stop implementation plan for the  November 4 General Election, Aceto said.


The meeting will take place at 5 p.m. in the commissioner's board room in the Watauga County Administration Building located in downtown Boone.


For more information, call (828) 265-8061.