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Mayor candidates file for office

July 8, 2011

With one week of filing remaining for some area municipalities, 17 candidates officially declared for the 2011 Catawba County municipal elections.

Two non-incumbent candidates filed for Newton’s mayoral race, which is the only election that currently has multiple people filed for one position. Newton Mayor pro Tem Anne Stedman, along with the Newton Merchant Group’s President Wes Weaver, officially filed for the mayoral election that will take place later this year. Newton’s current mayor Robert Mullinax said, earlier this year, he will not seek re-election.

Weaver said the recession sparked his interest to run for mayor.

“The main thing I’m going to try my hardest to do is bring more jobs to the area,” Weaver said, adding that he would not have run if Mullinax sought re-election. “I want my kids to be able to live in Newton, but if things go the way they are now, there won’t be any opportunities for them here. They will have to move to Charlotte, Atlanta or some other place to find work.”

Stedman, who has served on Newton City Council for eight years, thinks her experience with the city gives her a better understanding of how Newton operates.

“I’ve always been passionate about Newton,” Stedman said. “I was born and raised here, moved away and came back. I saw Newton with new eyes, and I’m very familiar with how the city has run.”

Stedman also wants to create jobs in the area and said she is passionate about revitalizing the downtown Newton area.

Vance Readling, the incumbent mayor for the town of Catawba, also filed for re-election. No one has filed for two town councilman seats that are expiring.

“I still think I have things to do to help the people of Catawba,” Readling said. “I think we’ve got to get industry in town, but it’s not an easy job for Catawba.”

Readling said he’s not sure if the incumbent Catawba council members, Karen Ester and Jeff Isenhour, will re-file.

“Both of them say they are not, but I don’t know whether they are going to run or not,” Readling said. “We hired a new town manager, and he’s doing a great job, but we need people on the council to help him out.”

Maiden Mayor Bob Smyre also declared he was running for re-election last week. Others who filed include:

Town of Brookford aldermen
Sue Noblitt
Harry A. Wallace
Byran Wright

City of Claremont councilmen
Nicky E. Setzer
M. Dale Sherrill
James “P.J.” Stanley

City of Conover councilmen
Don A. Beal
Penny M. Corpening
Kyle J. Hayman

Town of Maiden councilmen
David Boldon
Max Bumgarner Jr.
Mike Moore

City of Newton councilmen
Mae Lutz McLean
Tom Rowe


More to it than "passion"

July 11, 2011 by Backbone (not verified), 3 years 46 weeks ago
Comment: 515

Oh come on! That ihas got to be the corniest statement I have heard in LOOONG time..."I am passionate baout Newton". That is EXACTLY THE KIND OF BUNK FFROM A BUNCH OF "DO NOTHING " ALDER PEOPLE THAT HAS GOTTEN US IN A HOLE TO BEGIN WITH. I want to see some people with real guts run to make some real changes to the way things are run in Newton. As for Mr. Weaver, have to look into him, his priorities are right (JOBS JOBS JOBS!, as Puddin' Purdue says) but I have heard that he was hand picked by Bob Mullinax to run in his absence and he will simply carry on in the same old "do nothing manner" DOGGONE it why didnt someone with some guts register to run!

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