The smallest of this region’s towns stands to see the most highly-contested of the local races in the municipal elections that will be determined Nov. 3.
Hopefuls for roles in town government had from July 6-17 to file their candidacy.
In Zebulon, with two days left before the filing deadline, seven candidates had filed for the three commissioners’ seats that are up for re-election.
The terms of commissioners Dale Beck, Don Bumgarner and Curtis Strickland all expire this year.
Bumgarner on July 7 filed for re-election to his seat, and Beck and Strickland followed on July 9.
Michael Mazur and Anne-Marie Mazur (filed July 6) and Annie Moore (July 8) are also in the running. All three challengers have run unsuccessfully for office in past elections.
Sam Hayes, who is currently a member of the town’s planning board, joined the commissioners’ race on Monday.
Terms expire this year in Knightdale for Mayor Russell Killen and council members James Roberson and Dustin Tripp.
Roberson filed on the opening day of the filing period for the position of mayor. He remained unopposed as of Wednesday.
Tripp posted July 6 for re-election to his seat.
Pete Mangum, an assistant controller at the Wake Stone Corporation, also entered his named for a town council seat July 6, and Martha Thornton made it a race for the two open seats on the council when she filed July 10.
There are three positions up for re-election: the mayor’s seat, and two commissioners’ seats.
Mayor Tim Hinnant has already said he won’t run again. Mayor Pro Tem James Parham filed on opening day for the position of mayor and remained unopposed as of Wednesday.
Current commissioner Sam Laughery initially filed for re-election to his seat on Monday, and former Mayor Harold Broadwell added his name to the commissioners’ ballot the same day.
David Myrick and Ben Carroll both joined the ballot Wednesday, making four candidates chasing the two open seats on the town board.
Laughery decided to withdraw Thursday after learning that Broadwell and Carroll had filed, saying that he will endorse both.
“I filed after the filing was open for a week and no one had filed,” he said. “I was concerned no one was running so I went ahead … But I did my four years and I’m ready to move on.”
Voters will go to the polls Nov. 3 to elect leaders to serve four-year terms.
Staff writer Kara Bettis contributed to this report.