Municipal filing opens Monday

Published 2:20 pm Sunday, July 5, 2015

It will be a busy time in Election offices in the four-county Roanoke-Chowan area the next two weeks.

Persons seeking to be on the November ballot seeking election to a municipal office actually began that process when candidate filing begins Monday (July 6) at 12 noon.

In Hertford County, the town of Ahoskie will have two of its five Town Council seats up for election, as well as the office of Mayor.  The seat in Ward-A is now held by incumbent Elaine Myers; the Ward-B seat is held by Maurice Vann; and the Mayor’s post is occupied by Brien Lassiter.  Terms for all three expire this November.

The town of Como will have four town commissioner seats (currently held by Lorie Higbee, Susan Kennington, Stephen Pearce, and Ann Spruill) as well as the town mayor position (currently held by Irvin Lee Stephens, Sr.) all appearing on the ballot.

In Cofield, Mayor Hermea Pugh is up for re-election along with five commissioner seats, currently occupied by Anthony Archer, Dacia Sutton-Morales, Stephen Lassiter, Darrell T. Partlow, and June S. Wynn).

The Harrellsville mayor’s office, currently held by Robert D. Dantz, will be on the ballot along with five commissioner positions (Deborah A. Baker, Lisa Hunnicutt, Marcus Pond, Mary L. Thompson, and Roy Worrells, Jr. are the incumbents).

Murfreesboro had sought to have staggered terms for its Town Council; but instead, all five council seats will be contested. The current council members are Randy Roberts, Sarah Whitley Wallace, Hal Thomas, Gloria Odum, and Craig Dennis.

The Murfreesboro mayor’s post held by John Hinton will also be up for election; though Hinton has hinted he will not be seeking another term in office.

Winton mayor Tiffany Lewis has not indicated whether she will seek another term while town council seats held by Wesley Liverman, Will Liverman, Joseph Blythe, Emily Winstead, and McCoy Pierce will be on the November ballot.

In Bertie County, six of the county’s eight mayoral seats will be on the ballot come the November election; Windsor and Lewiston-Woodville being the exceptions.

The mayor’s offices of Colerain and Aulander will be having their second, four-year term elections. The first was held in November of 2011.

The following seats are up for election with the incumbents listed.

Mayoral elections are set for Aulander (Larry Drew), Askewville (Gloria Bryant), Colerain (Al “Burney” Baker), Kelford (Bailey Parker), Roxobel (Gary Johnson), and Powellsville (Thomas Asbell).

In all eight municipalities the seats of the following town commissioner spots will be up for grabs:

In Askewville there are three seats available (Kay Brantley, Carla Pesce, and Michael Baker are up for re-election).

The town of Kelford has five commissioner seats available, currently held by Harvey Bland, James Bland, John Eaton, Letitia Harris, and Wade Emory.

Roxobel has four council seats on the ballot, currently held by Henry Boschen, Sammy Pruden, Stanley Harrell, and David Baisey, Sr.

In Powellsville, three council seats are available and they are currently held by James Peele, Carlyle Hoggard, and J.T. Watford.

The town of Aulander will have two seats on the ballot, currently held by Corey Balance and Bobbie Parker.

In Colerain, Anthony Rawls won election outright in 2013 after earlier being appointed to the office. One other Colerain board member’s seat is up for election and it’s currently held by Joe Morris.

In Lewiston Woodville, Mayor Dayle Vaughan won a four-year term in 2013.   Meanwhile, a council member’s seat from three of the five districts is up for election. This includes Chris Cordon’s seat in the Lewiston District; Eddie Graham in the Woodville District; and the at-large seat.

Windsor Town Council members Bob Brown, Lawrence Carter, Jr., and Cathy Wilson will be up for reelection this year.  Joe Alexander, elected to a four-year term in 2013, passed away last year and there will be a spot on the ballot to fill his unexpired term which runs out in 2017.  The winner of this seat, should they chose, will be seeking a four-year term in their own right in two more years.

Municipal filing also begins Monday in Northampton County. There, Board of Elections Director Susie Squire said the following seats are up for election this year:

Seven Northampton County mayoral seats will be on the ballot come the November election, (indicates incumbent): Conway (Brian Bolton), Garysburg (Roy Bell), Jackson (Jim Gossip), Lasker (Leon ‘Dick’ Collier), Rich Square (Doris Risper), Severn (George McGee), and Woodland (James E. Garris).

In town council races, there are five seats available in Conway (Alan Harris, Bradford Jenkins, James Jilcott, Willie Simmons, and Gail Wade); Garysburg (Loal Ausby, Woodrow Harding, Jr., James Mayo, Chemeka Williams, and Iris Williams); and Severn (Troy Holloman, Eloise Martin, Rite McKeown, Franklin Ferguson, and Royal Watson, Jr.).

Two municipalities will have three commissioner seats on the ballot: Gaston (Franklin Manning, Deborah James, and Donald Conner); and Lasker (two incumbents: Charles Daughtry, Jr. and Robin Gibson).

The final three municipalities have two seats that will be up for grabs: in Jackson (Stevie Harrell and Williams Futrell, Jr.); Seaboard (Geraldine Langford and Reid Harris, II); and Woodland (Jean Barnes and Joseph Lassiter).

Also to be elected in November in Northampton County will be three seats on the Roanoke Rapids Sanitary District.

Filing throughout the R-C area will end at 12 noon on Friday, July 17. Election Day 2015 set for Tuesday, Nov. 3.