After months of working to win the community’s vote, local candidates are in the home stretch.
“I’ve pretty much done everything I can do at this point,” District Court Judge Billy Sutton, who is running for re-election, said. “I’m leaving it up to the voters.”
Sutton, who was at work on Monday, said he planned to make sure signs were posted at all 24 Onslow County precincts for Tuesday. He will also be making an appearance at various precincts on Election Day in Onslow County, he added.
House of Representatives District 16 candidate Steve Unger was also at work on Monday. After work, he said he’ll be making sure that his signs are at all the precincts, although he said there are some Democratic Party members putting signs at polling locations.
On Election Day, he said, he plans to stay in the highest traffic precincts, where the greatest number of voters will be.
Onslow County Board of Commissioners candidate Ernie Wright also spent Monday at the office, but he said he was responding to calls and emails from voters about where he stands on different issues.
“Other than contacting the churches in an effort to make sure transportation is coordinated, that’s pretty much what I’m trying to do,” Wright said. “It’s in God’s hands. That’s the only thing I can tell you.”
Wright also plans to meet with his supporters to go over Tuesday’s precinct assignments.
County Commissioner candidate Robin Knapp and N.C. District Court Judge District 4 candidate Michael Surles said they were spending part of the run-up to Election Day praying for the best outcome.
Surles said he would be “staying busy, doing a lot of logistical preparations and (praying) for (Tuesday)’s Election Day.”
Knapp said he and his team also plan to go around to voting precincts and make sure he has signs at each one. He also planned to make sure his poll workers have supplies for the morning.
Like the others, Onslow County Board of Commissioners candidates Royce Bennett, Paul Buchanan, Mark Price and Jack Bright, along with incumbent N.C. District 15 Rep. Phil Shepard, said they would put signs out at each of the polling locations and ensure their workers had enough supplies.
“You’ve pretty much done everything you can do,” Shepard said simply.
Buchanan, an incumbent, also had “nothing new” planned.
“We’re just working hard,” he said. “People have pretty much made their minds up at this point.”
Price said he planned to spend the evening rounding up his precinct workers and putting “various signs at precincts to get my name known as voters begin to come in.”
Bright said he planned to do the same.
“I am out putting up signs at the polls and trying to get, you know, my campaign signs put up where they’re more visible,” he said. “I think a lot of candidates are scrambling to get signs to the 24 polls. It’s an effort that has to be done all at one time because a lot of polls are churches and they don’t want you to put campaign material until the last minute and want them taken down directly after.”
Bennett planned to get his people organized Monday night, as he tries to have “as many people with materials at the polls.”
House of Representatives District 15 candidate Dan Whitten planned to hold a unity rally on Monday as a way to “remind our community that no matter the outcome of tomorrow’s election, we are still a community with real issues.”
Candidates for District 4 Court Judge Anita Powers and Nathan Sweet, along with Chris Millis, who is running for the N.C. House of Representatives District 16 seat, could not be reached by deadline Monday.