Movement that took place on the final two days of the candidate filing period will give voters in Knightdale and Wendell more to consider for the municipal elections in November.
And in Wendell, a missed deadline will mean a current commissioner who intended to withdraw his bid for re-election will be included on the ballot come Election Day.
There are 18 candidates running for nine open seats in Knightdale, Wendell and Zebulon combined. Voters go to the polls Nov. 3 to elect leaders to serve four-year terms.
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Terms expire this year for Mayor Russell Killen and council members James Roberson and Dustin Tripp.
On Friday, the final day to file, former Knightdale councilman Charles Bullock joined the ballot for the mayor’s seat. He’ll be running against Roberson. Killen will not seek re-election.
Bullock, who owns a local towing company, served on the Knightdale council from 1985-1993 and ran unsuccessfully for the town council in the 2011 and 2013 municipal elections.
The other latest addition to the ballot in Knightdale is Dean Heaney, a branch manager for Raleigh-based ESCO Corporation, who filed on Thursday.
Tripp, a public utilities superintendent for Raleigh, is seeking re-election to his seat. Pete Mangum, an assistant controller at Wake Stone Corporation, and Martha Thornton are challengers for seats on the town council seat.
The mayor’s seat and two commissioners’ seats are up for re-election.
Mayor Pro Tem James Parham filed on opening day for the position of mayor and, with Mayor Tim Hinnant indicating he would not seek re-election, it looked like Parham would run unopposed until Commissioner Ginna Gray joined the race for the mayor’s seat on Thursday.
Former Mayor Harold Broadwell added his name to the commissioners’ ballot last Monday; that same day current commissioner Sam Laughery filed for re-election to his seat.
Laughery on Thursday expressed his intent to withdraw, saying he would endorse both Broadwell and candidate Ben Carroll. The deadline to officially withdraw, however, was Tuesday. Candidates wishing to withdraw after the deadline can submit a formal statement to the Board of Elections, but their name will remain on the ballot on Election Day. While any votes they win will not count in the election, they are possible votes lost for another candidate.
Board of Elections officials on Friday said they had yet to received a formal letter from Laughery. Laughery said Friday he will not be taking any further action and that he will not campaign for a town board spot.
Carroll, who owns a local construction company, and David Myrick, a safety director for Raleigh-based Cooper Electric, joined the commissioners’ ballot Wednesday.
There are seven candidates running for three open seats on the Zebulon Board of Commissioners.
The terms of longtime commissioners Dale Beck, Don Bumgarner and Curtis Strickland all expire this year, and all three are seeking re-election.
Also running for the board are Michael Mazur and Anne-Marie Mazur and Annie Moore. Those 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 July 13. This is his first bid for public office.
Staff writer Kara Bettis contributed to this report.