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Some Canton boys are able to call themselves “Pisgah Bears,” and some show enough promise to earn a scholarships to play at the collegiate level, but only three men have ever made it pro: Jimmy Poston, James Burch and Frank Leatherwood all found success in high school and college, and all th… Read moreBears in the pros

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U.S. Congress

The battle for the U.S. Congressional seat representing WNC and Haywood County is a wide-open race in a hotly-contested swing district.

Haywood County Commissioners

Four candidates — two Republicans and two Democrats — are vying for two seats on the Haywood County Board of Commissioners.

Democratic commissioner candidate David Young, a Waynesville business owner, said while it’s hard to pick a single issue he’d like to see changed if elected, making serious strides in addressing the affordable housing crisis came out on top.

Waynesville resident Leah Hampton’s campaign for a seat on the Haywood County Board of Commissioners is all about quality- of-life issues.

The last day for candidates to have their name listed on the ballot for the 2020 General Election was Friday, Dec. 20, and three Haywood Democrats filed for office just before the noon deadline.

Haywood County School Board

The Haywood County School Board race has a crowded field, with 12 candidates running for five seats: chairman, two Waynesville seats and two Canton seats. Districts stipulate where the candidate must live, but all voters countywide can vote in each race regardless of district.

The four Waynesville candidates running for Haywood County School Board have one thing in common: they all have kids in the school system. And that’s more unusual than you might think.

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District Court Judge

Two candidates — a prosecutor in Waynesville and attorney in Bryson City — are running for a vacant district court judge seat.

Kaleb Wingate has won the Republican primary to represent his party in the election to sit on the bench as a North Carolina District Court Judge.

N.C. House 118

N.C. House 118 includes the following areas of Haywood County: Canton, Bethel, Cruso, Clyde, Maggie Valley, Jonathan Creek, Crabtree/Iron Duff, Fines Creek. It also includes Madison and Yancey counties.

Campaigning for November’s general election to see who will represent the 118th district in the North Carolina House of Representatives has begun.

Michele Presnell will not seek to represent the 118th district in the N.C. General Assembly and has already endorsed a Republican Haywood County Commissioner to take her spot. The district includes Haywood, Yancey and Madison counties.

N.C. House 119

N.C. House seat 119 includes the following areas of Haywood County: Waynesville, Lake Junaluska, Balsam. It also includes Jackson and Swain counties.

It's the fifth match-up in the long-running contest between Joe Sam Queen, D-Waynesville, and Mike Clampitt, R-Bryson City. N.C. House seat 119 includes the following areas of Haywood County: Waynesville, Lake Junaluska, Balsam. It also includes Jackson and Swain counties. This forum is bein…

N.C. Senate 50

It's another wide-open race for the N.C. Senate 50, the seat representing the seven westernmost counties, with the former office holder stepping down after a decade of holding the seat.

It's an open race for N.C. Senate seat 50, with Republican Kevin Corbin of Macon County and Democrat Victoria Fox of Canton. The seat represents the seven westernmost counties, including Haywood. This debate is being hosted by Southwestern Community College on Oct. 22. Check back for the video.

Canton resident Victoria Fox has stepped up as the lone the Democratic candidate running for N.C. State Senate District 50, encompassing Haywood, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Jackson, Macon and Swain.

There are two Republican candidates seeking the party nomination to the N.C. Senate District 50 seat — Kevin Corbin and Dr. Sarah Katherine Conway. Only Corbin responded.