The Boone Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual Meet the Candidates forum, Tuesday, October 24th, at Fairway Cafe in Boone. The event was hosted by CR Catering with sound engineering provided by Rygid AV. High Country Radio broadcast the full forum live on WATA 1450 AM/96.5 FM.
Boone Town Council candidates Marshall Ashcraft, Sam Furgiuele, Connie Ulmer, Jeannine Underdown Collins, and Quint David participated in the forum. Charlotte Mizelle was unable to attend the event due to family emergency. Boone Mayor Renne Brantz, running unopposed in his re-election bid, participated in the forum as well.
Boone’s Municipal Election will be held on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. Polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. The polling places for each precinct will be located at: Blue Ridge – Laurel Fork Baptist Church; Boone 1 – Watauga County Administration Building; Boone 2 – Legends Building; Brushy Fork – Oak Grove Baptist Church; Boone 3 – Agriculture Conference Center; New River 1 – Boone Town Hall Council Chambers; New River 2 – Three Forks Baptist Association; New River 3 – Mt Vernon Baptist Church. Absentee ballots are allowed. All requests for a civilian absentee ballot must be made on the State Absentee Ballot Request Form. Hand-written requests are no longer allowed. The request must be received in the Watauga County Board of Elections office by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 31, 2017. Absentee voting by mail begins on Sunday, October 8th and ends at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 7th. The Board of Elections will meet at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 17th, Tuesday, October 24th, Monday, November 6th, Tuesday, November 14th, Tuesday, October 31st at 2:30 p.m., and other times as may be necessary, for the purpose of approving absentee ballot applications. One-Stop, no excuse needed, absentee early voting begins on Thursday, October 19, 2017 and ends on Saturday, November 4, 2017. One stop voting will be held in the Watauga County Court House, 842 West King St, on the ground floor on these dates: Thursday, October 19 – Friday, October 20, 8:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. Monday, October 23 – Friday, October 27, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday, October 30 – Friday, November 3, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Saturday, November 4, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Canvass Day will be held at 11:00 a.m. in the Commissioners Conference Room located at 814 W. King St in Boone, NC on Friday, November 17, 2017. All residents of the Municipality of Boone, North Carolina, who are registered to vote with the Watauga County Board of Elections may vote in this election. Voters who are previously registered need not re-register. Those residents who are not registered must register on or before Friday, October 13th by 5:00 p.m. to be eligible to vote in this election. Alternatively, residents may provide proof of residence in the Town of Boone Municipality, register and, if eligible, vote at the one-stop site. Any voter who has moved outside his or her precinct but within the Town of Boone Municipality since the last election should notify the Board of Elections in writing by Friday, October 13, or should vote during the one-stop period and change their address at that time. For additional information contact the Watauga County Board of Elections at: 828-265-8061. Bill Aceto, Chairman Watauga County Board of Elections.