Volume 15, Number 45
Polls will open at the Wake Forest precincts at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, and close at 7:30 p.m. You can see a sample ballot and find your precinct – with directions – by going to http://www.wakegov.com/elections/Pages/default.aspx.
You can cast three votes – one for a mayor and two for the list of five candidates. Wake Forest elections for commissioners and mayor are nonpartisan and there are no voting districts. Also, you do not have to show ID to vote; just recite your address and sign your name.
The candidates for mayor are Vivian Jones (incumbent) and Jim Thompson (a first-term commissioner). The candidates for the two open seats on the town board are Ned Jones, Thad Jusczcak, Liz Simpers, John Van Ness and Bridget Wall-Lennon. Commissioner Margaret Stinnett chose not to seek another term and Thompson is running for mayor.
The Gazette has published interviews with the candidates each week since Sept. 27 and you can read them in the archives. You can also watch the local candidates’ forum sponsored by the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Wake Forest as it airs twice daily, at noon and 6 p.m., on Channel 10. You can also view the forum in real-time streaming video at www.wakeforestnc.gov/wftv-10.aspx or on demand at www.wakeforestnc.gov/2018-mayoral-board-of-commissioners-candidates-forum.aspx.
Rather than trying to paraphrase the comments of the candidates, the editor urges you to look back through the Gazette archives to read their answers and to watch the forum if you were not present or have not done so yet.
You can also ask them questions directly by calling or emailing them. The addresses and numbers are:
Mayor Vivian Jones, firstname.lastname@example.org, 919-554-1243
Commissioner Jim Thompson, email@example.com, 919-417-4217
Ned Jones, firstname.lastname@example.org, 919-906-6795
Thad Jusczcak, email@example.com, 919-263-8578
Liz Simpers, firstname.lastname@example.org, 919-395-1762
John Van Ness, Vanness.email@example.com, 919-812-6825
Bridget Wall-Lennon, firstname.lastname@example.org, 919-295-5721