Jackson commissioner snapshots
Jackson commissioner chairman
• Jack Debnam, the current commissioner chairman and a Realtor. As an unaffiliated candidate, he belongs to neither party.
• Brian McMahan, a Democrat, previously served as commissioner chairman but lost to Debnam in 2010. The 39-year-old chief of security at Balsam Mountain Preserve is now seeking a rematch.
Jackson commissioner: district that spans from Dillsboro to Qualla
• Charles Elders, a Republican and sitting commissioner, is the owner/operator of Elder’s Superette.
• Joe Ward, a Democrat and farmer, is retired from CSX Transportation.
Jackson commissioner: district that includes Sylva and Scotts Creek
• Doug Cody, a Republican and sitting commissioner, has worked in the insurance industry for 29 years.
• Boyce Deitz, a Democrat, is a retired teacher and football coach. He coached former U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler as a high school quarterback, and later went to work for the congressman.