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Early voting begins Thursday

Race in Saluda between mayor candidates

POLK COUNTY—Polk County voters living in its 3 towns can cast votes beginning tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 14. 

Early voting for this year’s municipal election begins Thursday and ends on Oct. 30. This year’s election is for the Towns of Columbus and Tryon, and for the City of Saluda. The only race this year in the county will be between incumbent Saluda Mayor Fred Baisden and challenger Tangie Morgan. 

Early voting can be done at the Polk County Board of Elections Office, located on the second floor of the Womack building in Columbus. 

Voting can be done at the elections office on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday, Oct. 30 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.  

Only incumbents filed for the Town of Tryon, including mayor Alan Peoples and commissioners Bill Crowell and Bill Ingham. 

In Columbus, mayor Pat McCool filed for re-election and incumbent councilman Richard Hall and Mark Phillips. Councilman Robert Williamson did not file for re-election but Becky Kennedy filed to fill his seat. 

Saluda commissioners Paul Marion and Mark Oxtoby both filed for re-election with no challengers. 

In the Town of Columbus, the mayor seat is open for a 2-year term and 3 council seats available. The top vote getter for council will receive a 4-year term and the next 2 will receive 2-year terms. 

In the City of Saluda, the mayor seat and 2 commissioner seats are available. 

The mayor seat in Saluda is a 4-year term as well as the 2 commissioner seats. 

In the Town of Tryon, the mayor seat is open as well as 2 commissioner seats. The mayor seat in Tryon is for 2 years, while the 2 commissioner seats are 4-year terms. 

Election Day for the municipal election is Nov. 2, 2021. 

For more information about the municipal election this year visit polknc.org or call the elections office at 828-894-8181.