Three good reasons for you to vote

  1. Your vote can make a big difference in who wins a local election.
    How just one person voted − or didn’t vote − determined the winners in over 30 North Carolina cities in 2021. Your vote matters!
  2. The City Council makes decisions affecting nearly every part of your life −
    affordable housing, police conduct, new jobs, parks, street repair, transit, neighborhood zoning. But you decide who wins!
  3. Listen to what other voters say about why they’re voting . . .

“. . . too many of my ancestors died for me not to be using my right to vote.” – Kristen Marion

“. . . city elections can be very close, so my one vote could have a big impact.” – Angelica Robles

“. . . it’s not just about who’s president. Who runs local government directly affects me.” – Austin Padilla

“. . . I want someone in city hall fighting for issues important to our community.” – Robert Dawkins

What does the City Council do?

The Mayor and the 7 other Rocky Mount City Council members make a wide range of decisions affecting your life. They hire and supervise the city manager, who hires the police chief and other department heads, who all report to the manager. The Council sets policies and priorities and oversees the many functions of local government, including:

  • The Police & Fire Departments
  • Zoning & Building Code Enforcement
  • Economic & Community Development
  • Streets, Sidewalks & Road Repair
  • Electricity & Natural Gas Service
  • Recreation, Parks & Arts Programs
  • Tax Rates & the City Budget
  • Anti-Discrimination Ordinances
  • Water, Waste Disposal & Recycling
  • City Govt. Employee Wages & Benefits
  • Sports Complex & Senior Center
  • Appointments to Boards & Committees

This 2022 voter guide for Rocky Mount

is produced by Democracy NC and Common Cause, which are not affiliated with any party or candidate.
This Guide provides responses from the candidates and vital information about the voting process. Some candidates did not provide a website. One question asked candidates to choose a topic to address from these 3 topics: affordable housing; police accountability and community relations; or jobs for youth. For questions about registering or voting, call 252-459-1350 or 888-687-8683. Two useful websites are and

Where to Vote Early, April 28-May 14

Best Choice: Take advantage of evening, weekday and weekend hours to vote early. You can also register to vote during Early Voting.


3 Early Voting locations are open weekdays (M-F), April 28-May 13, 8 am-7:30 pm, and two Saturdays, May 7 and May 14, 8 am-3 pm:

  • Nash Co. Agricultural Center, 1006 Eastern Ave., Nashville
  • Braswell Memorial Library, 727 N. Grace St., Rocky Mount
  • Mt. Pleasant Community Building, 7637 Harris Rd., Bailey


2 Early Voting locations are open weekdays (M-F), April 28-May 13, 8 am-7:30 pm, and one Saturday, May 14, 8 am-3 pm:

  • Dept. of Social Services Bldg., 301 S. Fairview Rd., Rocky Mount
  • Edgecombe Co. Carmon Auditorium, 201 St. Andrews St., Tarboro

Preview all the choices on your entire ballot at
Questions? Call 888-OUR-VOTE (888-687-8683) or visit

Adapted from voter guides by Democracy NC & Common Cause.