Only one incumbent is in the November general election for three four-year terms on the Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners: Chairman Jay White.
That means the board is guaranteed at least two new faces from among Democratic challengers Jim Fulton and Rick Brown and Republicans Chris Measmer and Larry Burrage.
Political newcomer Measmer led a field of nine Republicans in the May primary, followed by White and Burrage.
Fulton and Brown were the only two Democrats in the primary, so they moved automatically onto the Nov. 2 ballot.
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Commissioners Coy Privette and Grace Mynatt didn't seek re-election, and the seats occupied by vice chairwoman Liz Poole and board member Bob Carruth won't be open for election until 2012.
Measmer , 23, helps run the family business: the three locations of Wayside Family Restaurant.
He said his top priorities include creating jobs, managing residential growth in a smarter way and keeping property tax at a minimum.
On the jobs front, he would work hand-in-hand with the Greater Cabarrus Economic Development Corp. in attracting companies, he said.
He said he also looks forward to helping make the county's new Cabarrus County Food Policy Council a success. The council's aim is to develop a robust, sustainable local-food economy and a healthier population.
Burrage , 70, an electrical contractor, said bringing more jobs is his No. 1 concern. One way would be to attract more trade schools, he said.
Burrage said he favors economic incentives only if they bring hundreds of jobs. Most incentives are unfair, he said, because other businesses have to bear the resulting tax burden.
He also said he would work to rid the county of debt, even if it means severe cuts in spending or borrowing.
Fulton , 48, an architect, said he would examine the annexation process, including encouraging higher-density development in some areas to be annexed by towns. Allowing three or four homes per acre, instead of just one, would reduce the cost of public infrastructure, better control water pollution and make more land available for parks, agriculture and other uses, he said.
He would work to bring the CATS light rail system to Charlotte Motor Speedway and Concord Mills.
Fulton said he also wants fresh local food introduced to schools, which would keep the money local, support local agriculture and lower costs.
White , 46, a lawyer, has said the county must attract new businesses and explore using tax credits to help local businesses expand and create jobs. Efforts to reach him last week were unsuccessful.
Brown , 52, is program director for the Cabarrus Re-entry Initiative. Efforts to reach him last week were unsuccessful. Before the May primary he told the Observer his issues were correcting Midland's water and sewer issues, improving public transportation and continuing to support county services for the poor.
State Senate race
State Sen. Fletcher Hartsell Jr., R-Cabarrus, is up for re-election in November against Democratic challenger Mike Helms of Concord.
Hartsell, 63, is a Concord lawyer in his 10th Senate term. His District 36 seat represents all of Cabarrus County and part of Iredell County.
Hartsell couldn't be reached last week. Before his previous electoral victory, he told the Observer his work in Raleigh, including winning funding for job retraining, has helped the district's economic transition after it lost thousands of textile jobs the past decade.
Helms, 60, a retired electrician who formerly was registered as a Libertarian, was elected to the Cabarrus County Board of Education in 2008. He has run unsuccessfully for the Senate District 36 seat four times since 2002.
His top issues include abolishing forced annexation, stopping the payroll tax on personal income and eliminating what he calls corporate welfare for the wealthy.