Municipal filings underway

Published 10:22 am Thursday, July 9, 2009

Mayoral filings have highlighted the early activity during the registration period for municipal elections.

Thus far six incumbents and two newcomers have filed for the office of mayor in their respective towns.

The six who are seeking reelection include Ahoskie Mayor Linda L. Blackburn, Murfreesboro Mayor Lynn Johnson, Askewville Mayor John Pierce, Conway Mayor Brian E. Bolton, Powellsville Mayor Thomas Asbell and Garysburg Mayor Roy L. Bell.

Two current commissioners have filed for mayor of their town. In both cases the incumbent mayor is retiring after more than a decade of service. In Windsor, Mayor Pro-Tempore Jimmy Hoggard is seeking to replace the retiring Bob Spivey while Commissioner Bobie N. Moss has filed to fill the seat of retiring Seaboard Mayor Melvin F. Broadnax.

A number of incumbent commissioners have also filed to return to their seats.

In Bertie County, Powellsville Commissioners J.T. Watford and James Peele have filed for reelection.

As for Hertford County, a total of four incumbents have filed to return to their seats on the local town councils. In Ahoskie, Ward B Councilman Ronald J. Gatling has filed while Murfreesboro Councilman Lloyd L. Hill is also seeking reelection.

Two Winton Commissioners – William F. Liverman and J. Wesley Liverman have filed to remain on the town board.

Northampton County has seen a host of commissioners file to retain their current seats. In Severn four of the incumbents have filed for Town Commissioner. They include Harold L. Garris, Royal P. Watson, Franklin L. Ferguson and Eloise P. Martin.

All three current Jackson Commissioners who are up for reelection have filed. They are James W. Boone, Karin J. Clements and Mary Ann Crawley.

Two Rich Square Commissioners – Linwood C. Bryant and Charles M. Eason – and Seaboard Commissioner Edward Henderson have also filed for reelection. Also filing were four Garysburg Commissioners including, Darryl Whittle, Jearline V. Brown, James M. Mayo and Lola Ausby.

Only in Windsor have newcomers filed for office. Two newcomers have filed for the Windsor town board. They are former Town Administrator David Overton and Joe Alexander.

Filing continues until 12 noon on Friday, July 17.