Board Members

Board members are appointed to 2-year terms beginning in July of odd-numbered years by the State Board of Elections from names submitted by the state's Democratic and Republican parties.

Catawba County Board of Elections 2019-2021

Barry R. Cheney (Dem)

Hickory, NC
Home Precinct: 39 - Northwest

bcheney58@gmail.com

Board ChairPicture of Barry Cheney

David Abernethy (Rep)

Hickory, NC
Home Precinct: 16 - Highland

dabern@charter.net

Board SecretaryPicture of David Abernethy

David Hood (Rep)

Hickory, NC
Home Precinct: 16 - Highland

dhood@phd-law.com

Board MemberPicture of David Hood

Jason White (Dem)

Hickory, NC
Home Precinct: 14 - Oakwood

jason.white@sigmonclark.com

Board MemberPicture of Jason White

Geniey Yang (Dem)

Claremont, NC
Home Precinct: 05 - Catawba

YangP06@gmail.com

Board MemberPicture of Geniey Yang
The Board of Elections is the only statutory bi-partisan, quasi-judicial supervisory board
in North Carolina State government. The local Board’s duties are imposed by law
and include the making and issuing of rules, regulations, and instructions,
not inconsistent with law or the rules established by the State Board of Elections,
as it deems necessary for the guidance of election officers and voters.

Current Election Board members took their their oath of office on March 13, 2019.


Picture of Board Members taking Oath of Office March 13, 2019
Judge Nathan Poovey gives oath of office to David Abernethy, Jason White, Barry Cheney, and Geniey Yang.

Picture of David Hood taking Oath of Office March 13, 2019
County Clerk Barbara Morris gives oath to David Hood.


Note: Because of law changes, a new board was appointed early in 2019.
By statute, five Election Board members are appointed to 2-year terms beginning in July of odd-numbered years by the State Board of Elections from names submitted by the state's Democratic and Republican parties; the Board Chair is appointed by the Governor.

Historical List of Board Members 1930 to Present