Third person joins school board race

By Wendy Byerly Wood -

With the filing period closing Monday for Elkin Board of Education, the November ballot is set, as a third person has filed for one of the two school board seats being decided this fall.

Incumbent Dr. Richard Brinegar, who holds the City District seat on the ballot this year, will face opposition from two newcomers as Joseph Taylor Gaddis, 35, added his name to the pot in the final hours of the filing period. Jason “Levi” Shore already had filed to run against Brinegar last week.

Also on November’s ballot will be race between incumbent Haley Sullivan and newcomer Judy Walker for the East District seat.

In other local November elections, Elkin mayoral candidate Sam Bishop is running unopposed, with Mayor Lestine Hutchens not seeking re-election.

Four candidates will be on the ballot vying for two at-large seats on the Elkin Board of Commissioners — incumbent Dr. Skip Whitman, Jeff Eidson, Tommy Wheeler and John Worth Wiles.

The Mount Airy Board of Education filing period closes Friday at noon, with only the incumbents for those four seats on November’s ballot filing as of end of day Wednesday. Incumbents are Phillip Thacker, Michael Marion, Kate Appler and Wendy Carriker.

In Dobson, three incumbents are running for three seats on the town board of commissioners — Robin Testerman, Vonda Comer and Todd Dockery.

Four people, one being an incumbent, are vying for two commissioners seats on the Pilot Mountain Board of Commissioners — incumbent Kim Quinn, Evan Cockerham, Mary Nunn Meijboom and Franklin Nichols.

In countywide races, the ballot will include the East District county commissioner race with Democrat Ronald Bowman facing Republican Van Tucker, who was appointed to fill the seat vacated by former commissioner Paul Johnson after he pleaded guilty to misappropriating county funds. Also, Republican Larry Johnson will run unopposed for the Mount Airy District commissioner seat; Carolyn Comer will run for re-election as register of deeds unopposed; and Glenn Pruitt, an incumbent, will run unopposed for Soil & Water Conservation supervisor.

Local state races will include House Representative Sarah Stevens, a Republican, running against Democrat Very Smith Reynolds for the 90th District, which includes Surry and part of Wilkes County. Both are from Mount Airy.

For Senate 30th District, incumbent Republican Shirley Randleman of Wilkesboro will face Democrat Michael Holleman of Wilkesboro. The 30th District includes Stokes, Surry and Wilkes counties.

Wendy Byerly Wood may be reached at 336-258-4035 or on Twitter @wendywoodeditor.

By Wendy Byerly Wood

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