Ballots are now set for the November municipal elections in Elkin and Yadkin County’s townships.
With the election filing deadline for several area municipalities having passed on July 15, Jonesville and Boonville candidate fields show several newcomers lining up to challenge seated town council members.
On the other side of the river, however, consistency will rule the upcoming term.
All three of Elkin’s town council incumbents whose terms expire this year will run for their seats unopposed.
Elkin Mayor Lestine Hutchens filed to seek a second term.
Hutchens, elected as mayor in 2007, will make her first run for re-election uncontested.
Current commissioners J.L. Lowe and Gill Ripley entered their names for Elkin’s two open commissioners’ seats.
Lowe, elected to the board of commissioners in 1997, and Ripley, who is looking for his second term in office, also have no contenders in their field.
In Jonesville, Tracy L. Wall and Judith “Judy” Wright Wolfe enter the running for the town council’s three open seats.
They will face incumbent commissioners Tommy Casstevens, Wayne Moore and Gene Pardue, all of whom filed for another four-year term on the board.
The three top vote-getters among the five-candidate field will be sworn in next year as Jonesville town commissioners.
The Boonville ballot also hosts a full field of candidates.
Two of the three incumbent town council members whose terms expire in November signed up to seek another term.
Commissioners William “Bill” A. Florence Jr. and Bonnie Bovender Lasky will defend their seats against four contenders.
William Paul Baity, Russell Walter Hunter IV, Ellen Frances Reece and Myra B. Roberts fill the rest of the field in Boonville’s November commissioner race.
Current Boonville Commissioner Tony Reece did not file to run for re-election.
His seat’s vacancy assures that at least one new face will be seen behind the Boonville commissioners’ bench in 2012.
For comprehensive candidate filing information for each of Yadkin County’s townships, see this week’s edition of The Yadkin Ripple.
Although the election filing deadline has passed and the final ballot is settled in Elkin and Yadkin County, voters may still write in candidates for municipal government posts.
Voter registration for the 2011 November election ends in North Carolina at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14.
Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011.
For more information, call the Surry County Board of Elections Office at 401-8225 or the Yadkin County Board of Elections Office at 679-4227.