Potential candidate pool for next year

It’s never too early to think about next May’s primaries, so let’s check in and update you on where things are as of today:

1. The image “https://i2.wp.com/www.gcsnc.com/boe/images/kearns1.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. We still are uncertain as to whether Dot Kearns will throw her hat in the ring next year. The clock for her to decide is slowly winding down. And so far, no other interested parties have decided to join the race either. I highly doubt she will run again, but I could be wrong. I think it is political suicide if she runs again.

In 2004, these folks were all vying for Kearns’ seat: Jim Kirkpatrick, Debbie Maines, E.R. VanDeusen, Gwen Cartwright and Garth Hebert. Hebert made it to the party. And I’m aware that the Kirkpatrick/Kearns race came down to the wire. Will Maines try it again? Has anyone out there heard from these other folks if they will give it another go at it?

I was doing some googling this afternoon and I see this race was nasty four years ago. If Kearns runs again, we’re prepared to fight the fight. Remember, she has a record, and it is certainly not a good one. She would be running with a lot of baggage.

2. The image “https://i0.wp.com/www.gcsnc.com/boe/images/childs.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.  Walt Childs is up for reelection. Word out on the street is that if he runs again, he, too, has a lot of baggage, especially for High Point busing. Any potential candidates for this one?

3. The image “https://i2.wp.com/www.gcsnc.com/boe/images/garrett1.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. Darlene Garrett is up for reelection and I predict she will have an easy victory with minimal opposition. She is by far the only Board member, in my opinion, that has all of the children at heart. I have told her in the past that I will publicly campaign for her and work for her reelection in any way I can.

4. The image “https://i2.wp.com/www.gcsnc.com/boe/images/sharpe.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. Anita Sharpe is up for reelection. As I’ve recently moved to north Jamestown, I hear she’s well-liked around the community.

5. The image “https://i0.wp.com/www.gcsnc.com/boe/images/cooke1.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. Kris Cooke. Thankfully, she’s up for reelection also. Enough said. Her time is up, it is time for her to go. Bill Davidson  went up against her in 2004 and lost. My sources tell me of one person mulling this particular seat, but nothing is confirmed so far.

6. The image “https://i1.wp.com/www.gcsnc.com/boe/images/quick.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. Amos Quick. A nice lady named Loretta Jennings ran against Quick in 2004. Is she still around? Amos does have his heart in Dudley H.S. and genuinely cares about that school and it shows at every meeting. I haven’t agreed with all of his politics, but his passion for Dudley stands out. By the way, he and I have been trying to get together for coffee for sometime; I’ll let you know if and when it happens, and what will be discussed.

E.C. 🙂


3 Responses

  1. Mr. Huey,

    If you are not already aware, you should be, that Kearns and Cooke enjoy the support of the Democrat party in elections. In the 2004 election, they were listed on the Democrat slate of candidates that appeared in the newspaper a day before the elections. This happened even though BOE elections are supposedly non-partisan. BOE elections that occur during a presidential election, allows Democrat candidates to ride the presidential candidate coattails very successfully in this county. If Hillary Clinton is the Democrat candidate, you can bet that any Democrat non-partisan candidate will ride along.

    Kearns is an old Democrat warhorse politician. She knows how to work the political machine. She barely beat Kirkpatrick in 2004, but she was able to pull out some political tricks to win at the last moment. She should not be easily discounted if she decides to run. If you want to beat her, you need to analyze the 2004 precinct level results to see where she got her support, and start developing your candidacy with those folks. There were some precincts where she had nearly unanimous support.

    A qualified candidate with some positive name recognition should be able to beat Cooke in 2008. She was fortunate to escape in 2004, which was the first year that she ever ran with competition. Cooke does not have a strong track record on the BOE, and she will have a difficult time defending it against the right candidate.

  2. Oh, and you’re right about Darlene Garrett. She’s the closest thing to a lock in BOE elections. She has earned that security with her constant passion for doing what is right for the children. That can’t be said for the other members. Darlene is not likely to have any competition as she enjoys an excellent reputation in the NW.

  3. Thanks Stormy. I’ll begin pulling down those reports from the Board of Elections. I keep hearing there were some political tricks played on the part of Kearns at the last minute, exactly what were those? I used to be a part of that machine, so I know their tricks. And I feel confident I can play the game.

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