Municipal filing slow

Published 11:36 am Monday, July 11, 2011

Filing is continuing to move slowly for municipal elections in Bertie, Hertford and Northampton counties.

Thus far, only about 25 of the more than four dozen local offices that are up for election have seen people file for those municipal government positions..

In Northampton County, eight have filed for office during the first week.  Only incumbents have filed thus far in the process.

Garysburg Mayor Roy L. Bell and Commissioners Darryl W. Whittle and Lola Ausby have all filed for reelection.

In addition, Severn Town Commissioners Troy Holloman and Eloise Martin have filed to retain their seats.

Other incumbents filing in Northampton County include Charles M. Daughtry Jr. (Lasker Commissioner), Reid V. Harris III (Seaboard Commissioner) and Alan C. Harris (Conway Commissioner).

In Bertie County, only one person has joined the original filing of seven incumbents who will seek office. Those who had already filed included Powellsville Mayor Thomas Asbell and the town’s three commissioners – J.T. Watford, Carlyle Hoggard and James Peele – as well as Windsor Commissioners Bob Brown, Collins Cooper and Hoyt Cooper.

The only candidate to file since that opening-day flurry is Colerain Town Commissioner Thomas A. Waicul.

No candidates had filed in Hertford County as of 2 p.m. on opening day (July 1). Since that time only four people have filed for office, three of whom are incumbents.

Those who will seek to retain their current seats include Cofield Town Council member Nettie Teen Combo-Brickers, Murfreesboro Councilwoman Gloria Odum and Winton Town Councilman Wesley Liverman.

The only newcomer to file in the Roanoke-Chowan thus far is Norris Kirk Taylor, who will seek the office of mayor in Cofield.

Filing will continue through 12 noon Friday, July 15.