In the Republican primary election, two candidates from McDowell are seeking the nomination of their party for offices that go beyond the county lines.
N.C. Rep. Josh Dobson, R-McDowell, is seeking his party’s nomination for the office of state Commissioner of Labor. A resident of 649 S. Creek Road in Nebo, Dobson was also a former McDowell County commissioner before he became a state representative for House District 85, which covers Avery, Mitchell and McDowell.
Dobson is going up against two other Republicans in the statewide primary for Commissioner of Labor. They are Chuck Stanley of 2537 Walter Todd Road in Clarendon and Pearl Burris Floyd of 518 E. Main St. in Dallas, N.C. Stanley is a safety manager and superintendent of operations at a construction company in Clarendon and has worked closely with the N.C. Department of Labor. Floyd is a small business owner, a former Gaston County Commissioner and a former state representative for Gaston and Cleveland counties.
Whoever wins the GOP primary will face Democratic candidate Jessica Holmes of P.O. Box 10391 in Raleigh during the general November election across North Carolina.
And a Marion native is seeking the Republican nomination to a newly created District Court judgeship for District 29A, which covers McDowell and Rutherford counties.
Corey J. MacKinnon of P.O. Box 820 in Marion is running in the GOP primary for this District Court seat. MacKinnon has served as an assistant district attorney and is a former chairman of the McDowell County Republican Party.
He is facing opposition in the primary from two fellow Republicans: Anna L. Kegley of 120 Sorrells Road in Rutherfordton and Anthony R. Morrow of P.O. Box 145 in Rutherfordton. Both are attorneys who practice in Rutherford County and in District 29A.
Since no Democratic candidate filed to run for this new judgeship, the Republican primary will likely become the deciding election.