GOP challenger Scott Keadle and GOP incumbents Ken Robertson and Godfrey Williams will square off against three Democratic opponents for three seats on Iredell County's board of commissioners on Nov. 4.
Democrats Barbara Orr, Charles Gallyon and Mark Vanek also are up against recent history, as no Democrat has won a seat on the board since the early 1990s.
The candidates have worked in various ways to keep their names in front of the public. Vanek hosted a town forum in Mooresville on Sept. 25 at which the 83X bus line from Mooresville to Charlotte was a hot topic.
Dealing with growth remains a leading issue in the campaign, joined more recently by how government will respond to the nationwide economic problems that are affecting even high-growth Iredell.
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While north Iredell remains largely agricultural, the southern end has boomed in recent years because of its proximity to Lake Norman and Charlotte
South Iredell residents have pushed for years for better roads and more schools. Residents of the Brawley School Road peninsula are finally getting a widened road and an Interstate 77 exit after pressuring political leaders since the 1980s.
New residential, retail and commercial developments continue despite the gloomy economy. The largest project is the planned $800 million Langtree at the Lake community off I-77 Exit 32.
Exit lanes will lead to the massive lake development on one side and the Lowe's national headquarters on the other side. Lowe's is paying to build a road from Langtree Road to its headquarters, which may eventually employ 12,000 white-collar workers.
Yet governments have begun reacting to concerns about the economy.
Mooresville implemented a hiring freeze Oct. 1. Town Manager Steve Husemann said last week he will review purchase orders over $5,000 as part of a financial contingency plan, despite the town's “strong financial position.”
All town departments will develop 2 percent, 4 percent, 6 percent and 8 percent “reduction plans” that could be used if a significant reduction in revenues occurs, he said.