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April 11, 2022

Gaston Business Association


Contact:  Madison Boles
Phone: (704) 864-2621



GASTON COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA – Gaston Business Association will be hosting a Primary Candidate Forum Wednesday, April 27 to learn more about issues affecting business in Gaston County. The three offices that will be highlighted are as follows:


Gaston County Sheriff:


With the previous long-term sheriff, Alan Cloninger, deciding to not run for re-election, this position is open for a new sheriff.  Both the Belmont Police Chief, Chad Hawkins and the Mount Holly Police Chief, Don Roper are running for election and the winner of the Republican primary election in May will run unopposed on Election Day in November.


NC House of Representatives: District 109


Due to the passing of Dana Bumgardner, the position for the representative of District 109 is available. In the interim, former County Commissioner Donnie Loftis has filled this position and has filed to run for a full term. Along with Loftis, three additional candidates have filed to run for the position: Ronnie Worley, Lauren Bumgardner Current, and John Gouch. The winner of this Republican primary election in May will run against Democrat Eric Hughes in November.


Dallas Township County Commissioner


Due to current Dallas Township County Commissioner Tracy Philbeck not seeking re-election, this seat is open. Currently, two Republican candidates have filed for the position, Cathy Cloninger and Steve Hall. The winner will be unopposed in November.




About the Gaston Business Association

The GBA is a member organization committed to the support and growth of businesses in Gaston County. The GBA connects people to opportunities, ideas, and essential resources, is committed to business success and economic vitality, and is collaborative in its approach to deliver unique and transformational outcomes.




Primary Candidate Forum Details:


When: Wednesday, April 27th, 2022 at 6pm


Where: Gaston Christian School, 1625 Lowell Bethesda Rd, Gastonia 28056


Who: Open to public, and will be livestreamed on Facebook


What: Learn about issues affecting your business from candidates running for:


Gaston County Sheriff

NC House District 109

Dallas Township Commissioner


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