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County commission race crowded already

December 29, 2011

At least four people plan to run for two open Catawba County Board of Commissioners seats in the 2012 election.

Filing for 2012 election races begins at noon Feb. 13 and continues through Feb. 29. However, Catawba County elections officials said candidates are currently allowed to file reports declaring their intention to organize an election campaign.

Two people — Steve Graves, of Hickory, and incumbent commissioner Barbara Beatty, of Newton — have already filed 2012 campaign organization reports at the Catawba County Board of Elections.

Two others — Kevin Spiva, of Maiden, and incumbent commissioner Dan Hunsucker, of Conover — said Thursday they also intend to seek the seats that are currently held by Hunsucker and Beatty.

"You can put me down for a 'yes,'" Hunsucker said.

Spiva said he plans to visit the Board of Elections office today to begin filing his campaign organization reports, which provide the state with information about campaign finances and managers.

Spiva, who works as a service adviser at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet, previously served as a Maiden town councilman from 2001-2006, including two years as mayor pro tem.

He said he had to give up his council seat during a term when he bought a house outside town limits.

"I have been toying with the idea of running for county commissioner since I got off the seat (in Maiden) because I've been looking to stay in public service," Spiva said. "No one on county commissioners is doing a bad job or anything. I just want to be able to help out my community and look out for the well being of the citizens of Catawba County."

Graves and Beatty did not return calls for this story by press time.

Candidates who win the two Board of Commissioners seats will serve four-year terms.


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January 6, 2012 by Graves4CCBoC (not verified), 3 years 19 weeks ago
Comment: 891

I will respond briefly to this article. I am Steve Graves, candidate for the Catawba County Board of Commissioners. For me to return a call before "press time" would imply that I was initially contacted. This however was not the case. I would be noted as an "outsider" by Catawba County political standards however, Catawba County (Mountain View) is now my home. I was a resident of the Unifour area from 1961 until 2003, at which time, I relocated for job related matters. I retired and returned my family and I to Catawba County in March of 2011, after over thirty years in the field of law-enforcement. During that time, I was responsible for overseeing programs with massive budgets and on numerous occasions, was running towards tragic national events as others where running from them. I formed and lead teams of people into some of the worse situations the United States has ever known. This is my second venture into politics. The first was in 2001 and was interrupted when I was assigned to Washington and NYC's Ground Zero to aid in those missions. I withdrew from the race of Morganton City Council due to an extended deployment. I am not a politician. I don't have sixteen, five or four years in government as an "elected" official. What I do have is "Common Sense" and the heartfelt desire to return Catawba County, North Carolina and the USA to "We the People!" That requires a LEADER who will, L-Listen, E-Evaluate, A-Analyze, D-Develop, E-Execute and R-Restore. I am involved in the Catawba County political arena and have renewed past friendships and have met and made friends with many new ones in Catawba County. The work the Catawba County and NC GOP is spot on and I look forward to filling one of the two open seats on the Board of Commissioners. I don't have any hidden agendas or quick fixes to our current state of affairs in Catawba County. I do have the ability to be a voice for Catawba County, as a whole and make decisions that have a positive impact on the many...not the few! Look for me at diners, barbershops or other local community based businesses near you. This is where the "real" common sense solutions are located and problems are solved. You can contact me at

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