Showdowns in four towns
Voters in the countys 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 Wilsons Mills. And a large pool of candidates are vying for seats in Benson, Clayton, Micro, Pine Level, Selma and Wilsons 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 towns 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 towns impending shortage in sewer capacity, traffic problems and recreational needs as issues drawing them back for another term. Theyll 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 Johnstons races center on grappling with the countys rapid growth, ensuring sewer and other services keep pace, and working to promote economic development while preserving small-town charm.