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It's an Election Year with a Parks Bond Referendum on the Ballot

Election day is Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019.  The Mayor's seat, two Town Council seats and a parks bond referendum are on the ballot. 

Early voting is officially open for the Nov. 5th election, in which two Town Council incumbents, Jason Thompson and Bob Satterfield, have filed to maintain seats with one challenger, Avery Everett. Mayor Jody McLeod is running unopposed for a 5th term.

Also in this election, Town of Clayton residents have an opportunity to vote on $18 million in general obligation bonds that would go toward helping fund a Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) that calls for big improvements at our parks! That plan calls for a splash pad, new mountain bike trails, new playgrounds, greenways, community center improvements, a second dog park, updated athletic fields, picnic shelters, expanded parking and much more! A general obligation bond is the least expensive financing option available to the Town for projects like this. These bonds do not call for a tax rate increase. Before Town Council decided on the bond amount, the Town contracted with Davenport & Company LLC to provide financial advising services. They specialize in financial forecasting and bond planning are a national firm with a great reputation. They looked at many borrowing scenarios and calculated that based on current projections, Council would not have to raise the tax rate to pay off these park bonds at $18 million. Bonds put less stress on the town’s budget and they make these capital projects more affordable. By using bonds to finance these projects, the Town can pay for them in installments over time rather than needing all the money at the outset. And that’s what the CIP calls for - staggering the projects to minimize impact on the budget and work to avoid a tax rate increase. Click here to find out more information: ClaytonParks.org/bond

The Johnston County Board of Elections administers all elections in the county. This year, the elections board is providing early voting at its office in Smithfield at 205 S. Second St. That’s just off U.S. 70 Business after you cross the Neuse River into Smithfield. It’s a 15 to 20 minute drive from Downtown Clayton. Not registered to vote? You can register AND vote during the early-voting times! You just need to being an ID. 

EARLY WEEKEND VOTING IN SMITHFIELD: (Only one day) Saturday, Oct. 26 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
EARLY WEEKDAY VOTING IN SMITHFIELD:  Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
EARLY VOTING ENDS IN SMITHFIELD: Friday, Nov. 1st at 5 p.m. 

On Election Day Nov. 5th, the polls are open from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. There are seven precincts with Town of Clayton residents voting in the Nov. 5th election BUT ONLY THREE POLLING LOCATIONS TO VOTE on Nov. 5. Please NOTE: this polling place may be different than where you remember voting in the presidential election! 

The THREE locations for Town of Clayton voters on Nov. 5th are:

Hocutt Baptist Church Annex, 315 W. Second Street in Downtown Clayton - this is one block over from the Clayton Fire Department and serves  Precincts 09, 10A, and 10B  which are the EAST CLAYTON precinct and both NORTH CLAYTON 1 & 2 precincts. So this polling place serves essentially every voter who lives north of US 70 - that's all of Downtown Clayton, neighborhoods and homes off Glen Laurel Road, homes and neighborhoods off N. O'Neil Street up to the Neuse River. 

Note, the physical address is 315 W. Second St, Clayton, but the church recommends that voters enter their parking space at 315 W. Second Street in Clayton. Voters with questions regarding this may call the church at 919-553-6650. 

The Church at Clayton Crossing, 11407 US 70 Highway West  serves for Precincts 11A, 11B and 34 which is WEST CLAYTON 1 & 2, & SOUTH CLAYTON precincts - that is essentially everything south of US 70 which would include all homes and neighborhoods along Amelia Church Rd, NC42 West, the Cobblestone/Bristol neighborhoods and off Barber Mill Road. 

Archer Lodge Community Center, 14009 Buffalo Road - for Precincts 29A/ - ARCHER LODGE which includes all Town of Clayton resident north of the Neuse River, so all of the Riverwood Athletic Club and communities off Pritchard Road in the town limits. 


Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019 is the last day to request an absentee ballot by mail. Click here for instructions or call the Johnston County Board of Elections at 919-989-5095.

Photo ID is not required in any election in 2019. Beginning in 2020, North Carolina voters will be asked to provide photo identification when voting in-person or absentee-by-mail, with some exceptions.

You can view the election results as the precincts begin reporting at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 5th by heading to this Election Results Page 

Click here to see a break down of how many people are registered to vote in Johnston County and their affiliation.  There are a total $127,376: Republican: 49,010  Democrat: 37,232  Libertarian: 788  Green: 19  Constitution: 65  Una: 40,264  

Click here to locate your polling place, verify your voter registration and view a personalized sample ballot.

If you cannot make it out to vote in person – or you’d just rather vote from home – you can request an absentee ballot from the board of elections by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27. In order to make sure your vote counts, the board must have your absentee ballot by 5 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 5. Near relatives may request ballots on behalf of family members.

What do the Mayor and Town Council do? 

After election day, the highest vote-getters for the Mayor and two Council seats will take their oaths at the first Town Council meeting in December. There are no run-offs. For their service, the Mayor earns $10,116 a year. Clayton Town Council members earn $7,488 a year. Town Council members serve four-year terms, with elections staggered and held in odd years. A candidate must be: a resident of the Town of Clayton; registered to vote; at least 21 years  old; and never convicted of a felony.. The Mayor and Council members serve four year terms. The council seats are staggered in two-year intervals so all five seats don’t expire at once.

Clayton's Council members have major responsibilities, including:

  • Setting the tax rate.
  • Crafting and adopting the Town's annual budget.
  • Passing ordinances and regulations.
  • Adopting policies for Town services.
  • Entering into contracts and agreements.
  • Making appointments to Town boards and committees.
  • Appointing a town manager, town clerk and town attorney

With so many ways to vote and much at stake, there's no reason not to cast a ballot and make your voice heard!

If you need more information, visit the Johnston County Board of Elections or call them at 919-989-5095.

North Carolina has an important tradition of non-partisan local municipal government. Whether you have a D, R, I, L, G or any other party affiliation has no bearing on local issues like streets, police or parks.  As a government entity funded by tax payers, a Town is not legally allowed to influence voters in support of a candidate. You will not find political affiliation or platform information here. Providing links to candidate campaign material or even a forum may be considered a form of endorsement. Local news and community organizations like the JocoReport.com, Clayton Chamber of Commerce, and The Johnstonian plan to offer coverage of the election. 

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