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Four candidates compete for two seats on Glen Alpine Board


This week, The Paper features profiles of four candidates seeking seats on the Glen Alpine Board of Aldermen. Two seats will be on the November ballot. 

Current aldermen, Police Chief Rodney Cox and Tommy “Fluff” Helms are not seeking re-election.

Each candidate was provided with an equal and fair opportunity to respond to the questions specific to their community and given 10 days to complete their responses. 

Each candidate’s answers are presented here as they were provided to The Paper without editing except in the case where an obvious spelling error was noted. In such cases, the candidate was contacted for clarification.

The Paper’s questions are in bold. Responses are in regular type.

Early voting begins on Thursday, Oct. 19 at 8 a.m. and continues on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday, Nov. 2. Early voting is also available on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 7. 

There are four locations available for early voting including the Burke County Board of Elections office at 2128 S Sterling St. in the Foothills Education Building in Morganton. 

Other locations are: Burke Senior Citizens Center on North Green Street in Morganton; Rutherford College Town Hall on Malcolm Boulevard; and Hildebran Library and Senior Center in downtown Hildebran.

Pam Walker, the Central Burke Reporter at The Paper, provided the questions for the candidates and compiled the submitted materials and images for this series. She may be reached at or 828-443-6103.

Click on the candidates below to read their responses: