By Wendy Byerly Wood firstname.lastname@example.org
January 24, 2014
DOBSON — While municipal elections were held last year, officials with the Surry County Board of Elections are gearing up for a larger field of candidates in 2014 with a number of local, county, state and federal seats up for grabs.
At the local level, three nonpartisan seats will be decided on the Elkin Board of Education, two city district seats and one west district seat. Those positions are held now by Stewart Roten, James Freeman and J. Foley Norman.
Filing for those positions will be open from Feb. 10 at noon until Aug. 4 at noon, and the cost to file is $5. Those wishing to run for office for Elkin school board must live in one of the precincts that post represents.
At the county level, three Surry County Board of Education seats will be on the ballot. Also, three Surry County Board of Commissioners posts, the Surry County sheriff, Surry County clerk of court and two Soil & Water Conservation supervisor seats.
Included in the elected nonpartisan posts on the county school board are the District 2 seat of which Sue Stone in incumbent and represents precincts Eldora, Longhill, Pilot 1 and 2, North Westfield and South Westfield; District 3, held by Earlie Coe, representing Rockford, Shoals and Siloam; and District 4, held by Brian Gates, who represents Dobson 1, 2 and 3, Marsh and Stewarts Creek 1 and 2.
Filing to run for the county board of education seats will be open from Feb. 10 at noon until Feb. 28 at noon, and the cost is $5. Those wishing to run for office for county school board must live in one of the precincts that post represents.
While the other seats open this year are elected on Nov. 4, the primary election day on May 6 serves as the main election for the Surry County Board of Education seats, and those elected will take office the first Monday of July.
On the Surry County Board of Commissioners, the posts to be decided in 2014 will be those held by Eddie Harris of State Road for the South District covering Bryan, Elkin 1, 2 and 3, Marsh and Rockford; R.F. “Buck” Golding for the Central District of Dobson 1, 2 and 3, Franklin, Eldora and Stewarts Creek 1 and 2; and Larry Phillips for the Mount Airy District covering precincts Mount Airy 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9.
Filing for each of those seats costs $75 and the dates open are Feb. 10 at noon through Feb. 28 at noon. These seats are partisan, and a primary is held to narrow the contenders down to one Republication and one Democrat per race.
Residents county-wide are eligible to run for office for the remainder of the seats — sheriff, clerk of court, Soil & Water Conservation supervisor, N.C. House of Representatives 90th District and N.C. Senate 30th District.
Sheriff Graham Atkinson already has said he has plans to seek re-election to his office this year, as has N.C. Sen. Shirley Randleman. Rep. Sarah Stevens holds the seat for the 90th District, while Rebecca Brendle serves as clerk of court.
Filing for each of those seats, which are partisan posts, will be open Feb. 10 at noon until Feb. 28 at noon. Cost to file is $582 for sheriff; $834 for clerk of court; and $207 each for N.C. senator and representative.
The Soil & Water Conservation supervisor offices are held by Chad Keith Chilton of Ararat and Matthew Freed of State Road. Filing for those nonpartisan posts is open June 9 at noon until July 7 at noon and costs $5.
Other offices in the county which are at stake this year are three Mount Airy Board of Education seats, the mayors of Dobson and Pilot Mountain and one commissioner seat in each Dobson and Pilot Mountain.
Judicial seats open
Seats for Judicial District 17-B, which includes Surry and Stokes counties, also are at stake this year. Those include three district court judge roles, now held by Angela Puckett, Spencer Key Jr. and Charles (Chuck) Neaves Jr.
The district attorney position will be on the ballot as well. Ricky Bowman serves in that role.
Filing for those seats is open Feb. 10 at noon until Feb. 28 at noon. Cost for filing is $1,107 for judgeships and $1,207 for district attorney.
Susan Jarrell, director for the Surry County Board of Elections, said those wishing to file for judicial seats must have their voter registrations verified at the Dobson office, and then file candidacy either through mail or by traveling to Raleigh.
Federal seats at stake
Included on the November ballot, and prior to that the primary ballot, will be the seats of U.S. Senate, held by Kay Hagan, and U.S. Congress 6th District, which is being vacated by Howard Coble who announced his retirement.
Filing for those seats also are in February and the cost to file for those is $1,740 each.
Several people already have announced their intentions to run for both of those offices, most especially the seat held by Coble, a Republican.
Reach Wendy Byerly Wood at 835-1513 or on Twitter @wendywoodeditor.