The filing period for 2016 elections in Johnston County ended last week with contested races for most offices, especially school board, where 11 candidates filed for four seats.
Two candidates not on the school board ballot are incumbents Donna White of Clayton and Keith Branch of Smithfield. They’re running for other offices – White for the N.C. House of Representatives and Branch for the Johnston County Board of Commissioners.
Johnston will also have contested races for three of four county commissioner seats up for election next year. But two of those three are primary contests only between Republican candidates. Only one Democrat filed this year to run for county commissioner.
N.C. General Assembly seats drew interests too, partly because incumbents chose either to retire or seek higher office.
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Here’s the complete list of candidate filings in Johnston:
N.C. Senate District 10, serving Johnston, Duplin and Sampson counties: Brent Jackson of Autryville, incumbent Republican.
N.C. Senate District 11, serving, Johnston, Nash and Sampson counties: Republicans Rick R. Horner of Wilson and Benton Sawrey of Clayton and Democrat Albert Pacer of Johnston County.
N.C. Senate District 12, serving Johnston, Lee and Harnett counties: Ronald Rabin of Spring Lake, incumbent Republican; and Democrats Susan Byerly and Jay Sills, both of Erwin.
N.C. House District 22, serving Johnston, Bladen and Sampson counties: William Brisson of Bladenboro, incumbent Republican, and Democrat Ben Snyder of Elizabethtown.
N.C. House District 26, serving Johnston County: Rich Nixon of Clayton, Democrat; Dennis Nielsen of Clayton, Republican; and Donna White of Clayton, Republican.
N.C. House District 28, serving Johnston County: Tony Braswell of Selma, Republican; Gregory Dail of the Cleveland community, Republican; Jimmie Massengill of Four Oaks, Democrat; Patricia Oliver of Selma, Democrat; and Larry Strickland of Pine Level, Republican.
County Commissioner District 1: Jeff Carver of Clayton, incumbent Republican.
County Commissioner District 2: Ted Godwin of Selma, incumbent Republican; and Wendy Ella May of Selma, Democrat.
County Commissioner District 4: DeVan Barbour IV of Benson, Republican; and Larry Wood of Four Oaks, Republican.
County Commissioner District 6: Republicans Keith Branch and Darryl Mitchell, both of Smithfield.
Johnston County Board of Education: Dale Bender of Clayton, John Taylor Brantley of Princeton, Teresa Grant of the Cleveland community, Summer Hamrick of Smithfield, Jeffrey Jennings of Clayton, Ronald Johnson of Clayton, Crystal Kimpson Roberts of Smithfield, incumbent Peggy Smith of Clayton, Todd Sutton of Kenly, Chip Swartz of Clayton and incumbent Mike Wooten of Princeton.