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Don Ward names campaign steering committee

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Henderson County Commission candidate Republican Don Ward announced that those who will be serving on his campaign’s steering committee leading up to the May 8 primary election.

I am pleased that Shuford Edmisten, president of Forest Lawn Memorial Park, will chair his committee. Our steering committee will include Fletcher Town Council member Sheila Franklin, School Board member, Blair Craven, Shaw’s Creek Baptist Church Pastor Jerry Mullinax, former Mills River Town Council member Billy Johnston and his wife, Nancy, interior designer Meghan
Penny, retired teacher Rosemary Pace, Sara Boyd Grant, who works in radiation technology at Pardee UNC Health Care, Valley Hill Fire and Rescue Chief Tim Garren and his wife, Lori, who is a director of nursing, retired county Code Enforcement Officer Sam Laughter, Nancy Randall, who is retired, Tony Hill of Apple Ridge Farms, former Mills River Mayor Larry Freeman, and grower Kirby Johnson of Flavor 1st and Johnson Family Farm.

"Being a former commissioner and a third generation commissioner in Henderson County, I am overwhelmed at the support I am receiving and at the caliber of citizen volunteers who will be steering his campaign," Ward said. "I did first announced as a School Board candidate this year then I switched to run for commissioner in District 4 when my good friend Tim Griffin withdrew as a candidate, I am committed to working with the schools and to a new spirit of co-operation on the Board of Commissioner with all the citizens and municipalities in Henderson County.

Commissioner Tommy Thompson is not running for re-election. Since no Democrat has filed, the winner of the Republican primary on May 8 would win the seat barring an unprecedented write-in campaign.

“I am urging all registered voters to participate in the elections this year, beginning with absentee voting and the early one stop voting starting on April 19 and in all 35 county polling places on May 8," Ward said.