September 23, 2021


Dear Blowing Rock Homeowners,

The Civic Association and Chamber will offer two different types of Candidate Forums, but first let’s talk about the election and voter registration.


The candidates running for Mayor and Town Council follow.

Mayor Charlie Sellers is running unopposed.

Four candidates are running for three Town Council seats:

  • Nancy Collins
  • Pete Gherini
  • Doug Matheson
  • Melissa Pickett


Your Vote Counts

November 2nd will be our election day for the Mayor and three Town Council seats.  Candidates win by as few as 35 to 50 votes.  So, voter registration can impact this election.


Please Register to Vote

The voter registration deadline is October 8th. You can register to vote in various ways as explained on the Watauga County Board of Elections website  or Caldwell County Board of Elections website at


Blowing Rock Civic Association Candidate Videos

Given the restrictions on meetings, we decided to offer candidates a chance to participate in a video interview designed to focus on five key issues important to homeowners.  Jean Kitchen will interview our candidates to solicit their views about the following key issues:


1.     Fund /7 Transport Ambulance

2.     Revise Downtown Land Use Code for  West Main Street

3.     Eliminate Special Use Permit

4.     Implement Tourism Management Plan

5.     Secure Additional Funding for Cost of Tourism


We will release the five videos in early October for you to review.


Blowing Rock Chamber Candidate Forum

The Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce Leadership Challenge Alumni will host this forum on October 4th, 5:30pm at the Blowing Rock School Auditorium

The Blowing Rock Candidates Forum is open to the public and will provide the community an opportunity to meet and hear from the Candidates for Town Council and Mayor.

Please submit any questions on discussion topics you’d like to see covered at the forum to




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