Races develop in Seaboard & Rich Square

Published 12:21 pm Tuesday, July 25, 2017

JACKSON – The deadline for filing for municipal elections in Northampton County was 12 noon on Friday, July 21. A total of 56 people, many of whom are incumbents, submitted their names to run for a county-wide total of 41 open seats.

Of the county’s nine towns, only Jackson and Woodland will not have an election for mayor this year. Mayors in four towns are running uncontested. The following are individuals that filed for mayor in their respective towns:

Conway: Willie T. Barrett (incumbent)

Garysburg: Roy Lee Bell (incumbent)

Gaston: Alice Patrick Delbridge, Jason Moore (incumbent)

Lasker: Dick Collier (incumbent)

Rich Square: Peggy Cary, Pamela Edwards Majette, Doris (Peggy) Risper (incumbent)

Seaboard: Mark Dawson, Geraldine Jerman Langford (incumbent), Bobby Rice

Severn: George McGee (incumbent)

A total of 34 town commissioner seats will be filled during the upcoming elections. All nine towns have at least two or more seats open.

Conway has five seats available to be filled. The five candidates who will be listed on the ballot are Walter Lee Duke, Jr., Lokie W. Majette, Willie G. Simmons, Gail C. Wade, and Stewart W. Woodard. All are incumbents.

Garysburg also has five seats open and five candidates filed to run: Lola S. Ausby, Woodrow W. Harding, Jr., Semiko N. Jacobs, James M. Mayo, and Iris F. Williams. All are incumbents.

Two commissioner seats are open in Gaston. Donald W. Conner, Tony Hux, Sr. (incumbent), Della Johnson, Franklin L. Manning (incumbent), and Betty J. Powell will be listed on the November election ballot.

Three seats are open in Jackson and three candidates have filed to fill them: Karin Clements, Mary Ann L. Crawley, and Jim Gossip. All are incumbents.

Lasker also has three commissioner seats open, but only two candidates filed: Charles Manness Daughtry, Jr. and Stevie Flythe. Both are incumbents.

A total of nine people filed in Rich Square to fill the five open commissioner seats there. The candidates are Linwood C. Bryant (incumbent), Charles Eason (incumbent), Marjorie Edwards, Patricia W. Freeman, Jerome Garris, Larry Godwin (incumbent), Annie H. Helton, Raymond Joyner (incumbent), and Reginald White (incumbent).

In Seaboard, seven people will be on the ballot for three open commissioner seats. Laquitia Barnes (incumbent), Linwood Fenton Clark, Virginia Crocker-Nelson, Freddi Diane Gallimore (incumbent), George M. Jerman, Sr., Alfred Kwasikpui, and Christine Decarlo Moody are running in the fall election.

The town of Severn has five seats open and five candidates listed on the ballot: Tony Herman, Joseph Troy Holloman, Eloise Martin, Paige Pinnix, and Royal Parker Watson, Jr. All are incumbents.

Woodland has three candidates running for three open commissioner seats: Brian K. Christison, David L. Cooper (incumbent), and Catina Jackson.

Citizens residing in the town of Gaston will also be able to vote in the election for Roanoke Rapids Sanitary District Board of Directors since the town is included in that district.

Elections will be held on November 7 this year.