Election Chief Wants To Dine With Donnie Osmond
by Sarah Nagem
July 17, 2011
||Every other Sunday in a feature called "Off Duty," The Herald asks community leaders about their off-duty interests - what they're reading, what they're listening to, what they're watching. Two weeks ago, we chatted with Norwood Thompson, a Clayton-based developer. This week: Leigh Anne Price, Johnston County's elections director.
Price became Johnston County's top elections official in 2007 after serving for a decade as deputy director. Since then, she has introduced a big change to how people cast their ballots - early voting.
Since 2006, voters have been able to go to the polls before Election Day in Johnston. Price said the change was necessary because Johnston County has grown. In the 2008 election, she said, 70,000 people voted. Of those, 34,000 cast their votes early.
"We could not have handled 70,000 people on Election Day," Price said.
As another cycle of municipal elections gears up, Price is preparing to let voters to have their say. Early voting in Johnston County begins Oct. 20 and ends Nov. 5. Election Day is Nov. 8.
What music have you been listening to lately?
What book are you reading?
"Safe Haven" by Nicholas Sparks.
What are your favorite television shows?
"Grey's Anatomy," "The Closer," "The Good Wife" and "American Idol."
If you could have dinner with three people, dead or alive, who would they be?
I would like to have dinner with my grandparents, Donnie Osmond and Jacqueline Kennedy.
Describe a perfect day.
A perfect day would be on the beach with the sun shining, breeze blowing and reading a good book.
What is the most fascinating place you've been?
New York City.
What do you most like about Johnston County?
The people and the small community I live in.
What do you least like about Johnston County?
We do not have a Krispy Kreme.
What is something that people may be surprised to know about you?
I can kneeboard.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I wouldn't be so gullible.
What was your most embarrassing moment?
The day the employees and customers in the Princeton Bojangles' heard my "hot flash" story through the drive-through intercom!
What is the one food you can't resist?