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February 28, 2014


Incoming Catawba County Director of Elections Amanda DuncanAmanda H. Duncan, a Catawba County native who has worked in the Catawba County Elections Office since 2007, has been appointed by the Catawba County Board of Elections to serve as the County’s new Director of Elections. Duncan, who will begin her new duties on March 3, 2014, succeeds Larry Brewer, who retired on February 28th after serving as Director of Elections since April 2000.

Duncan will report to the Catawba County Board of Elections, a three-person board appointed by the North Carolina Board of Elections.

“Amanda has been a real asset to our office since joining us in 2007, and we believe she has the experience and skills to be a major success as Director of the Catawba County Board of Elections,” said David Hood, Chair of the Catawba County Board of Elections. “We were blessed to have a number of strong applicants, both from within our current employee ranks as well as from outside Catawba County government. She will help us continue our goal of providing quality, trustworthy and prompt service to the citizens of the county (and the candidates who seek to serve them), and to satisfy that goal with a sense of non-partisan fairness to all concerned. Our retiring Director, Larry Brewer, has been an outstanding public servant. We have confidence in our selection of Amanda Duncan to continue that tradition.”

Duncan is a graduate of St. Stephens High School. She later studied computer programming for two years at Catawba Valley Community College. She began working for the Catawba County Elections Office in October 2007 as an Elections Specialist. Her service with the Elections Office progressed when she was reclassified as Election Management Technician in 2011.

As Director of Elections, Duncan will manage and supervise the Catawba County Elections Office, which prepares and conducts all federal, state and county elections. The department also conducts elections for the eight municipalities in the county. The Elections Office is a nonpartisan office that serves all Catawba County citizens.

Duncan’s direct responsibilities will include executing elections laws; managing the employees of the County Board of Elections (currently a staff of three) and election day workers; administering policies and procedures for the operation of the Board of Elections office; managing the conducting of all elections in the county; partnering with Catawba County departments as needed to carry out Board of Elections functions; compiling and managing the budget for the Board of Elections; and communicating with candidates and the public regarding the electoral process in general, as well as individual elections cycles.

“I sought the Directors of Elections position because I want a more challenging position that will advance my career, through which I can provide greater service to the citizens of Catawba County,” Duncan said. “I have great respect for the members of the Board of Elections, which is considered one of the best Boards in the state. I look forward to the opportunity to work with the Board of Elections to keep the elections process and office running smoothly and work to ensure our office continues to be one of the strongest in the state.”

As Duncan assumes her new duties, she and her staff will be working hard to prepare for the May 6, 2014, primary election, which will be the first affected by new State election laws which will require the use of new technologies by precinct workers as voters present themselves for voting.

“Catawba County is going to be using electronic poll books in all 40 precincts,” Duncan said. “One of our first challenges will be training more than 200 poll workers for the Primary Election and making sure the computers are set up properly and working when the polls open at 6:30 a.m. on May 6. Our goal is to have the best trained staff and election workers, with regard to the new elections laws that went into effect this year.”

Duncan and her husband, Tommy, live in Newton and have two children, Seth and Emily. She is a member of Woodlawn Baptist Church of Conover.

For more information on the Catawba County Elections Office, you may visit or call the office at 828-464-2424.