The Anson County Board of Elections held a meeting on Monday in its new location before helping candidates file for the upcoming election.
The board discussed the location of the Lilesville and Wadesboro 3 precincts. Director Steve Adams said he met with the Lilesville fire chief on Friday to discuss using the fire hall as a precinct. Adams has drafted a rough agreement which the town will consider.
The Wadesboro 3 precinct location was also under discussion. Adams identified the EMS building as a possible location.
The board also voted on a schedule for early voting for the May primary. The schedule was changed a bit from the previous draft due to an earlier miscalculation. The total number of hours available for early voters will now be 112.5. Hours will be 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on April 24 and 25. On April 26, the office will be open for early voting from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The office will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m April 28 to May 2, and from 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 3. All early voting will be done at the new Board of Elections office located at 402 Morven Rd., Wadesboro.
Candidates began filing for election at noon on Monday soon after the meeting. Filing will run from noon on Monday until noon on Feb. 28.
Offices open for election include the Anson County Sheriff, District 2 County Commissioner (Lilesville area), District 4 County Commissioner (Peachland/Polkton area), District 5 County Commissioner (Wadesboro) and several school board district seats.
By the end of the day on Monday, two Democratic candidates had filed for election for District 2 (Lilesville) County Commissioner, incumbent Vancine Sturdivant and George C. Hodge. Incumbent James V. Sims (D), of Polkton, also filed for re-election for his District 4 commissioners seat. Current commissioner chair Anna Baucom (D), of Wadesboro, also filed for re-election for District 5.
Dr. George S. Truman (D), of Wadesboro, filed for election for District 5 of the Board of Education.
Several candidates filed for election for the office of sheriff: Mike Smith (D), of Peachland, and Josh Beam (D), Landric Reid (D), and Ricky Little (D), all of Wadesboro.
Reid said he plans to incorporate more community policing if he is elected to be sheriff. “My biggest goal is community policing, putting deputies in the community and getting them to know the community and the community to know them,” he said. “My biggest goals are to reduce breaking and enterings and drugs, and that’s done through community policing.”
Little also said he plans to focus on the community if he is elected. “I want to be the sheriff for all citizens of Anson County,” he said. “I want to provide a safer community for all.”
Beam hopes to use his experience with the Sheriff’s Department to be a good sheriff. “I have done this for 10 years and I love my job,” he said. “I love serving the people in this county and would love to continue serving the people of this county and build on that.”