Johnston races

November 5, 2005 

Showdowns in four towns

Voters in the county’s 10 towns will pick new leaders. Candidates in Kenly and Four Oaks are all running unopposed.

But mayors face showdowns in four towns, including Benson, Micro, Selma and Wilson’s Mills. And a large pool of candidates are vying for seats in Benson, Clayton, Micro, Pine Level, Selma and Wilson’s Mills. In Smithfield, Mayor Norman R. Johnson is unopposed.

Late candidates make Selma ballot

In Selma, town leaders went to court to add the names of two candidates — one for mayor and one for council — after town officials failed to deliver their filing paperwork to the county Board of Election by the Aug. 5 deadline. A judge ultimately ruled in the town’s favor, allowing the candidates to be added to the ballot.

Hopefuls compete for Clayton council

In Clayton, incumbents Robert Ahlert and Bob Satterfield cite the town’s impending shortage in sewer capacity, traffic problems and recreational needs as issues drawing them back for another term. They’ll square off with three eager candidates: Michael Grannis, Michael Starks and Mike Whiting.

Pine Level also a hotbed of candidacy

Unopposed commissioner Jay Jeff Holt is almost assured to win as Pine Level mayor, but seven candidates are vying for four seats on the commission.

All of Johnston’s races center on grappling with the county’s rapid growth, ensuring sewer and other services keep pace, and working to promote economic development while preserving small-town charm.

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