2 area counties GOP red in filings
In Davidson and Randolph counties, this election season is lining up as a virtually all-Republican affair.
As of Tuesday, no Democratic candidates had filed for state legislative or local offices in either of the counties. The filing period for congressional, state legislative and county elections concludes at noon Friday, meaning candidates must file by then to appear on the May 6 primary and Nov. 4 general election ballots.
In one political sense, the lack of local Democratic candidates shouldn’t be that surprising. No Democrat has been elected to partisan office in Randolph County in 30 years.
Davidson County has shifted Republican more recently, as the GOP captured all partisan seats in the 2010 election. No Democrat has been elected to a partisan office in Davidson County since that time.
This year is an important election season in both counties. In addition to electing state representatives and senators, voters in Randolph and Davidson counties will each pick a sheriff and county courthouse officials such as clerk of court. Voters in Randolph County will select three members for their Board of Commissioners, while voters in Davidson County will pick four members for their Board of Commissioners.
While North Carolina remains a so-called purple swing state politically, within its borders are pockets that are deep Republican red or solid Democratic blue, said Matthew DeSantis, professor of political science at Guilford Technical Community College. The electorate in rural areas, such as most of Randolph and Davidson counties, is becoming more Republican while cities trend Democratic, DeSantis told The High Point Enterprise.
“Then you have state legislative districts drawn within the counties that are even more Republican red,” he said.
The trend makes party primaries even more critical. In places such as Randolph and Davidson counties, “the primary has become the new general election,” DeSantis said.
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Candidate filing enters stretch run
Here are candidates who filed to run Monday and Tuesday for this year’s elections.
Congressional: Republican challenger Jim Snyder of Lexington for U.S. Senate; Democratic challenger George Battle of Charlotte for 12th Congressional District
Guilford County: Incumbent Board of Education member Ed Price of High Point; Democratic challenger Carlvena Foster of High Point for District 1 on Board of Commissioners.
Randolph County: Republican challenger Jim S. Parker for District 3 on Board of Commissioners; Libertarian Jeremy Hussey for District 4 on the Board of Commissioners.