On Friday, filing opened for even-year municipal elections, which includes Elkin, Dobson and Pilot Mountain in Surry County and Jonesville, Boonville and East Bend in Yadkin County. Also, filing continues for seats on the Elkin City Schools Board of Education.
In Elkin, three commissioners seats will be on the November ballot. Those seats are now held by Jeff Eidson, Cicely McCulloch and Terry Kennedy.
The Jonesville Town Council seats on the ballot will include those held by Andy Green and Anita Darnell, and one unexpired term which had been held by the late Judy Wolfe and will end in 2020. Also, the mayoral seat, held by Gene Pardue, is on the ballot.
As of press time Tuesday afternoon, David Henderson and incumbent Gene Pardue have filed for the Jonesville mayoral seat, and Creston “Chip” Mason and incumbent Andy Green have filed for Jonesville commissioner.
The mayoral seat, held by Ricky Draughn, as well as two commissioners seats in Dobson, held by Wayne Atkins and John Lawson, also are open for filing for the November general election. Draughn filed for reelection to his post Monday.
The seat of East Bend mayor, held by Archie Hicks, and three commissioners seats — a two-year term held by Mae Luffman and two four-year terms held by Wanda Johnson and George Burns — will be decided in the general election.
As of press time, Wanda Johnson of East Bend filed for reelection.
In Boonville, the mayoral seat, held by Rusty Hunter IV, and two commissioners seats, held by Gerald Brown and Bonnie Lasky, will be on the November ballot.
In Pilot Mountain, the seats on the ballot include the mayor, now held by Dwight Atkins, and two commissioners, held by Gary Bell and Linda Needham. On filing opening day, Scott Needham filed for candidacy for commissioner. Bell filed to run for mayor on Monday.
Filing remains open for the municipal seats until noon July 20, and the cost to file is $5, except for Pilot Mountain offices which is $6. Those interested should file at the respective county board of elections office.
A handful of candidates already have filed for the Elkin City Schools Board of Education seats which are open this year, but filing doesn’t close for those until Aug. 6 at noon.
James Freeman, who holds one of two city district seats up for grabs, has said he will not be running for reelection. The other city district seat on the ballot is held by Jane Riley.
As of press time, filing candidacy for those two seats, with the top two vote-getters being elected, are Will Ballard, Ralph Beshears Jr., Jane Riley and Matthew Shrum.
The west district seat, held by Frank Beals, also will be on the November ballot. As of press time, Beals is the only candidate who has filed.
Filing for the school board seats costs $5 and should be done at the county board of elections office in Dobson.
The deadline to register to vote for the Nov. 6 election will be Oct. 12 at 5 p.m.
Absentee by mail will begin on Sept. 7 and the deadline to request an absentee by mail will be Oct. 30 at 5 p.m.
The deadline to return absentee by mail ballots will be Nov. 6 if returning in person and Nov. 9 if postmarked by Nov. 6.
One-Stop “Early” voting will begin on Oct. 18 though the final dates for early voting have not yet been decided. That will be reported as soon as the dates are finalized.
All precincts will be open on Election Day, Nov. 6, for voting with curbside voting available to those who cannot enter the voting enclosure.