Candidates speak in Star, program to be rebroadcast

About 75 people gathered Tuesday night, Sep. 23, in Star to hear from candidates running for offices in and representing Montgomery County.

140222_Election_Decision_2014_MoCo_WEB_400Democrat Sheriff Dempsey Owens of Star and his challenger, Republican Chris Watkins of Troy, talked about their views on current and future operations at the Sheriff’s Office.

Republican Clerk of Superior Court John K. Deaton of Star and his Democrat opponent, Franchion (Kay) Robinson of Mount Gilead, each spoke about their qualifications for service in that capacity.

In state races, Republican incumbent State Representative Justin Burr of Albemarle and his challenger, Democrat Nalin Mehta, also of Albemarle, talked about priorities for the North Carolina House of Representatives District 67, which represents part of Montgomery County.

Democrat County Commissioners Jackie Morris and Dolon Corbett of Troy are running for reelection in a three-way contest for two at-large seats on the county board. They are being challenged by Republican Michael Criscoe of Biscoe. Morris spoke at last night’s event. Corbett was unable to attend, but sent remarks that were read. Criscoe did not participate in the program.

Two candidates for District Court Judge also spoke.

The program was sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary to the East Montgomery VFW.

Editor’s note: As part of our continuing coverage of Decision 2014, WMTG will rebroadcast many of the candidate remarks from last night. The program will air for the first time tonight at 8 o’clock, and it will air again this Sunday night at 7 o’clock. We will schedule additional repeats of the broadcast, and the audio will also be available on our website at WMTG can be heard at 88.1 FM in Mount Gilead, online at, and with the TuneIn mobile app.

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