Some local races in this fall’s municipal elections are heating up, with new challengers announcing candidacies as the filing period ends.
Cary will hold elections Oct. 6. Apex, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs and Morrisville will hold elections on Nov. 3.
The filing period for Wake County candidates ended Friday at noon.
Here’s a look at the upcoming races.
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Incumbent Cary councilman Don Frantz gained another challenger last week, with Gabe Talton filing Tuesday to run for the District B seat. Talton, a lawyer with Tatum and Atkinson Law Firm, is also a member of the North Carolina Commission on Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Criminal Justice System. He is a longtime Cary resident with family ties to the town.
The two will face local businessman Frank Lazzarro Sr. The District B seat represents areas in and around downtown Cary.
Gray Rinehart has entered the race to fill the seat vacated by Gale Adcock. He filed Thursday while Nancy Caggia and Ken George already had filed. Rinehart is an Air Force veteran, science-fiction author and musician who also worked on several local and statewide boards and projects.
At the end of filing, Mayor Harold Weinbrecht and Councilwoman Lori Bush don’t face opposition.
Mayor: Harold Weinbrecht Jr. (i)
Town Council (At-Large): Lori Bush (i)
District B: Don Frantz (i), Frank E. Lazzaro Sr., Gabe Talton
District D: Nancy Caggia, Ken George, Gray Rinehart
Brian Foxx, a software developer, filed Thursday to run against incumbent Mike Schlink. The district elections are open to all voters; the district residency restriction only applies to the candidates.
Town Council (At-Large): Satish Garimella, Pete M. Martin
District 1: Brian Foxx, Michael “Mike” Schlink (i)
District 3: Liz Johnson (i)
Former councilman Lance Olive made his bid for mayor official on Tuesday, challenging current council member Denise Wilkie. Incumbent Mayor Bill Sutton has said he won’t run.
The Town Council election also will be contested, with Carl Helton, Stephen Xavier and Wesley Moyer facing incumbents Scott Lassiter and Bill Jensen. Jensen filed for re-election to the council this week after considering running for mayor instead.
Helton and Xavier are both former presidents of the Apex Chamber of Commerce. Moyer is the chamber’s current board of directors vice-chairman and is also a former baseball and football star for Apex High School.
Mayor: Lance Olive, Denise Wilkie
Town Council (2 seats): Carl R. Helton, Bill Jensen (i), Scott Lassiter (i), Wesley Moyer, Stephen Xavier
The race for Fuquay-Varina’s three open seats on the town board of commissioners is getting crowded, with challengers Marilyn Gardner filing Monday, Henry J. Kuhn filing Wednesday, Bryan Haynes filing on Thursday and Beth Cassells-Anderson filing on Friday.
Gardner is a real estate agent. KuhCoon is semi-retired and works part-time with the IRS. Haynes is a minister and is head of the town’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. Cassels-Anderson is an Army veteran and has been active in the Fuquay-Varina Athletic Association.
None have held elected office before, although all have volunteer experience with local civic groups, town committees or, in Kuhn’s case, Barry Goldwater’s 1964 presidential campaign. Both Haynes and Cassels-Anderson ran unsuccessful campaigns for town office in 2013.
Incumbents Bill Harris, Ed Ridpath and Charlie Adcock also have filed for re-election. Harris was the last to do so and announced his candidacy on Wednesday.
Mayor John Byrne doesn’t face opposition as he seeks an eighth term.
Mayor: John Byrne (i)
Board of Commissioners (3 seats): Charlie Adcock (i), Beth Cassels-Anderson, Marilyn Gardner, William “Bill” Harris (i), Bryan Hanes, Henry J. Kuhn, Ed Ridpath (i)
Teshor J. Oates, who has run for the council before, filed for one of two at-large seats Thursday. That brings the total of people running for the two at-large seats to five. Incumbents Cheri Ann Lee and Tim Sack are seeking re-election.
Town Council (2 At-Large seats): Cheri Ann Lee (i), Tom O’Brien, Teshor J. Oates, Tim Sack (i), Arthur “Pete” Utley Jr.