Six people are running for three North Wilkesboro commissioner seats in this fall’s election.
The North Wilkesboro Fire Station is the polling site. Listed with their names as they appear on the ballot and in the same order, North Wilkesboro commissioner candidates are:
• Otis W. Church, 73, Finley Avenue, co-owner and co-operator of A Baby Celebration (a children’s boutique) on Main Street, North Wilkesboro;
• Chad George, 42, Pine Street, self-employed truck driver;
• Bert Hall, 62, Finley Avenue, owner and operator of Wilkes Steel Inc.;
• Andrew Palmer, 35, Coffey Avenue, owned and operated Peace Regime Boxing Club until late 2018. Owns Andrew X Music (music publishing company) and Peace Regime Records (independent record label) and works as needed at City Florist (his family’s business) on Main Street, North Wilkesboro. He said he’s in planning stages of a new business;
• Michael Parsons, 59, Coffey Street, owner and operator of Michael’s Jewelry on Main Street, North Wilkesboro, for 34 years;
• Tiger Posey, 41, F Street, director of development for Wilkes Habitat for Humanity;
(More details on each candidate are where this story continues on Page A3.)
Election Day is Nov. 5 and the deadline to register to vote then is Oct. 11. Completed voter registration forms must be turned in to the Wilkes Board of Elections office by 5 p.m. Oct. 11 or postmarked by Oct. 11 if mailed. Those who miss the Oct. 11 deadline may register and vote at early, one-stop voting with proof of residency. Early, one-stop voting is Oct. 16 to Nov. 1, weekdays only from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the board of elections office.
A person must be a U.S. citizen and at least 18 to register to vote. If a person has been convicted of a felony, the right to vote must have been restored for the person to vote.
To vote in a municipal election, a person must have lived in that municipality at least 30 days by Election Day. Beginning in 2020, North Carolina voters must provide a photo ID when voting in-person or absentee-by-mail, with some exceptions.
The board of elections is taking requests for absentee ballots and today (Friday) is the first day the board can mail them. The deadline to turn them in to the office in person is 5 p.m. Nov. 5 and the deadline if mailed is 5 p.m. Nov. 8. The deadline for the office to receive mailed absentee ballots from military personnel or people overseas is 5 p.m. Nov. 14. Mailed absentee ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 5.
North Wilkesboro board terms are four years. The elections are non-partisan, which means there is no party primary.
Otis W. Church
Church is running for elected office for the first time. He was appointed to the North Wilkesboro Planning Board by the North Wilkesboro commissioners and still serves on that board. He is a former member of the Downtown Historical Board. Church is a Wilkes County native and has lived in North Wilkesboro most of his life.
After Church retired from a management position with E.I. DuPont in 1991, he and his wife, Jo Ann Church, returned to Wilkes. Church and his wife have two children and four grandchildren.
He graduated from West Wilkes High School and served five years in the U.S. Air Force, including one year in the Vietnam War.
He has served as president and in leadership positions with the North Wilkesboro Lions Club and is still an active member of the club. Church is a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church in Millers Creek and a member of the board of trustees of Old Reddies River Primitive Baptist Church in Wilbar.
Church has law enforcement training through the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office and fire and rescue certification through E.I. DuPont.
Didn’t provide any additional information.
Hall is seeking his fifth term after being first appointed a North Wilkesboro commissioner in 1991. He has lived in North Wilkesboro nearly his entire life. He and his wife, Sandra have two children.
He graduated from Patterson School in Caldwell County and attended Wilkes Community College. Hall completed courses through the UNC School of Government and N.C. League of Municipalities.
He is a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and has served on the Wilkes Developmental Day School board since 1995, including as president since 2009. He has been a member of the Wilkes Community College Board of Trustees since 2014.
Hall was a member of the Wilkes Regional Medical Center board from 2002-2008 and was chairman from 2006-2007. He was on the Western North Carolina Economic Development (AdvantageWest) board from 2010-2015.
Palmer is running for an elected public office for the first time.
He has lived in North Wilkesboro all his life except for when he lived in Asheville, Boone and then Charlotte for a period of about seven years after graduating from high school. His wife is Casey Palmer.
Palmer graduated from Wilkes Central High School and attended Appalachian State University.
He has been the organizer and host of “Carols for Kids,” a live music Christmas event, every December since 2010 to raise money for local charities.
Parsons was an unsuccessful candidate for North Wilkesboro commissioner in 2017. He was appointed to the North Wilkesboro Planning Board by the North Wilkesboro commissioners and is the current chairman. Parsons also is alternate member of the North Wilkesboro Zoning Board of Adjustment.
He grew up in Greensboro and has lived in North Wilkesboro for 34 years. Parsons is widowed.
He graduated from Page High School in Greensboro and attended North Carolina State University. Parsons has a gemology degree from Gemological Institute of America. He attends Wilkesboro Presbyterian Chapel.
Posey is running for an elected public office for the first time.
He has lived in Wilkes County for 16 years, including almost five years in North Wilkesboro. Before that, he lived in Chapel Hill for four years, Cullowhee for five years and Clyde for 17 years.
Posey graduated from Pisgah High School in Canton, attended Western Carolina University and graduated from Wilkes Community College with an associate in arts degree. He has completed numerous content-related professional development and training certification programs.
He has volunteered as a multi-sport coach in Special Olympics for 20 years, on the Special Olympics Advisory Council for Wilkes and as a Lunch Buddy youth mentor in Communities In Schools (CIS) for 10 years.
Posey served as a Smart Star program coordinator, Downtown North Wilkesboro Partnership board member, High Country Girls on the Run board co-chairman, Wilkes on Wheels team member and CIS volunteer and site coordinator.
Editor’s note: It was incorrectly reported in the Oct. 1 issue that there are two North Wilkesboro commissioner seats on the ballot. There are actually three.