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One-stop voting starts Thursday

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Article Published: Oct. 20, 2011 | Modified: Oct. 20, 2011

One-stop voting starts Oct. 20 and lasts through Nov. 5 at 1 p.m.

Election Day is Nov. 8, 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, Nov. 8, the town of Boone will elect three town council members, as the seats of Lynne Mason, Andy Ball and Stephen Phillips are open.

While Mason and Ball have both launched re-election campaigns, Phillips has declined, leaving room for one other candidate: Boone Board of Adjustment veteran Allan Scherlen.

A lone Republican was on the ballot, but Realtor Anne Rasheed dropped out of the race, citing a busy schedule. She said she hasn’t counted out a bid for mayor next election cycle.

The three registered Democrats are vying for the three seats, with the two highest vote-getters earning four-year terms. The third-place finisher will serve two years on the council.

The other local race to watch happens in Blowing Rock. Long-time mayor J.B. Lawrence has a challenger in Blowing Rock council member Tommy Klutz, who’s served on the council since 2005 and will be the first candidate to contest Lawrence’s seat since 1999. Lawrence has served as mayor since 1997. Klutz has two years left on his council term.

Regina Pelsmaeker and Dan Phillips joined the Blowing Rock Town Council race against incumbents Phillip Pickett and Albert Yount.

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