Wednesday, 31 October 2007 19:35
Initially, incumbent Lenoir mayor David Barlow had it in the
The realtor, running for his third term as Lenoir mayor was running
unopposed. Unopposed, that is, until downtown Lenoir business owner Debra Venti
launched her 11th-hour write-in campaign. Venti currently serves as
president of the Lenoir Uptown Busines Association and owns and operates
Venti’s Casa, She-shas and an upholstery design studio.
She’s running to spice up Lenoir’s predictable race. Other
than Barlow, ballots include three incumbent councilmen: Todd Perdue, Merlin
Perry and T.J. Rohr, all of whom are running unopposed.
Venti thinks its time for a change. She hopes to represent
small business owners- not just downtown, but all over Lenoir. She’s filed with
Caldwell County Board of Elections- and is busy spreading the word about her
On the ballot, a space below Barlow’s name is indicated for
The election is on November 6, but Lenoir citizens can
vote early through Saturday in the City-Council chambers at the Caldwell County