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Originally published: 2013-09-05 12:32:16
Last modified: 2013-09-05 12:33:00

Write-in candidate joins Boone mayoral race

by Anna Oakes

A Watauga County native and Appalachian State University student is throwing her hat in the ring in the race for Boone mayor, hoping voters will write her name on the ballot Nov. 5.

Jenny Church, a resident of Wintergreen Lane in Boone, this week announced her candidacy via a Facebook page titled "Write-in Jenny Church for Mayor of Boone."

Church, who said she is a moderate, missed the July 19 filing deadline for this year's municipal elections, meaning her name will not appear on the ballot. However, Watauga County Elections Director Jane Hodges said no petition is required for write-in candidates to enter non-partisan municipal races.

"Just get the word out and work hard," Hodges said.

Church joins candidates Andy Ball, Brad Harmon and John Mena, who filed as mayoral candidates in July.

Church is a political science major at ASU and serves on the town of Boone's Affordable Housing Task Force. She said she thought about running beginning last year but had decided she would not have time for it in her last semester as a student. But she changed her mind when recent events "broke my heart for the town," she said, adding she's not confident any of the other three candidates will help solve the problem.