Monday Open Line

For those truly interested in change in this county, I’d like to remind you that this is an election year, with nearly 15 open elected spots up for grabs.  Those seats up this year are:  County Commission Districts #1, 2, 5, & 6.  School Board Districts #3, 4, & 5. City of Henderson Officials- Mayor, 1st – 4th Ward Seat & 1st – 4th Ward At Large Seat.

There is still time to file to run, with the final date to file being this Wednesday, February 29th, 2012 at 12:00 noon.

This does not mean in the mail at that time, and all Notices arriving after that time cannot be accepted. The filing fee must be paid with individual check or money order, payable to the “State Board of Elections” or the “Vance County Board of Elections”.   Business or corporate checks are not acceptable.

The Notice of Candidacy must be signed in the presence of the Chairman or Executive Director of the State Board of Elections or a candidate may have his/her signature on the notice of candidacy acknowledged and certified to by any officer authorized to administer an oath. (See N.C.G.S. §163-106.) In signing his/her notice of candidacy the candidate may use a nickname provided the candidate complies with the requirement specified in G.S. §163-106 and G.S. §163-323(a).

No person shall be permitted to file as a candidate of any political party in a party primary when such person, at the time of filing his or her notice of candidacy, is registered on the registration record as an affiliate of a different political party from that party in whose primary he or she is now attempting to file as a candidate. No person registered as “unaffiliated” or without any party affiliation recorded shall be eligible to file as a candidate in a primary. No person who has changed his political party affiliation, as permitted in G.S. §163-82.17, shall be permitted to file as a candidate in the primary of the party to which he changed unless he has been affiliated with the political party in which he seeks to be a candidate for at least 90 days prior to the filing date for the office for which he desires to file his notice of candidacy. G.S. §163-106(b).

For more information please call the Vance County Board of Elections at 252-492-3730, and visit their website at

White House Weekly Address: An All-Of-The-Above Approach to American Energy:   President Obama talks about how important it is to embrace an all-of-the-above approach to addressing our nation’s energy challenges.

It’s hard to believe that when West Wing Week was born, “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” was still around, American troops were still fighting in Iraq, the American auto industry was on the brink of collapse, and nobody knew that President Obama could sing — what a difference 694 days makes.

We’ve got a great week for you — featuring BB King, the Boeing Dreamliner, a speech about American energy, a payroll tax cut extension, and special musical guest Keb Mo.

Is there any one in the community you would encourage to run for a elected spot?

Discuss and more on today’s Open Lines!