Adam Ragan has served as the Director of Elections for Gaston County since May 2011. Prior to coming to Gaston County he served as a Compliance Specialist and Investigator in the Campaign Finance Division with the North Carolina State Board of Elections from December 2006 through May 2011. From September 2005 to December 2006 he worked at Robert Watkins and Company in Tampa, Florida as a consultant specializing in the preparation of federal campaign finance reports. Before entering the private sector he worked at the Federal Election Commission in Washington, DC from May 1998 to September 2005 as a Campaign Finance Analyst and Assistant Branch Manager in the Reports Analysis Division.
Ragan is a Certified North Carolina Elections Administrator and also achieved national certification as a Certified Elections and Registration Administration (CERA) in August 2016.
Ragan attended undergraduate and graduate school at Western Carolina University.