The filing period for local elections in Wake, Durham and Orange counties closed on Friday, meaning the names voters will find on their ballots this fall have been set.
Wayne Maiorano, who has served one term on the Raleigh City Council, announced this week that he will not seek re-election, becoming the only council member not trying to keep a seat on Oct. 6.
Maiorano represents District A, which includes central North Raleigh. Three people have filed for the seat: J.B. Buxton, Dickie Thompson and Eddie Woodhouse.
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Two at-large seats: incumbents Russ Stephenson and Mary-Ann Baldwin and challengers Craig Ralph and Matt Tomasulo
District B: Incumbent John Odom and challenger David Cox
District C: Incumbent Eugene Weeks and challenger Corey Branch
District D: Incumbent Kay Crowder and challenger Ashton Mae Smith
District E: Incumbent Bonner Gaylord and challengers DeAntony Collins and Edie Jeffreys
Incumbent Mayor Nancy McFarlane got a challenger on Friday: Robert Weltzin, who also ran in 2013.
Incumbent Cary councilman Don Frantz gained another challenger this 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 N.C. Commission on Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Criminal Justice System.
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 District D seat vacated by Gale Adcock. He filed Thursday, joining Nancy Caggia and Ken George. Rinehart is an Air Force veteran, science-fiction author and musician who also worked on several local and statewide boards and projects.
Mayor Harold Weinbrecht and Councilwoman Lori Bush do not face opposition.
Durham Mayor Bill Bell will face three opponents in his eighth and final mayoral race, while 10 people filed to run for three at-large city council seats.
Bell faces John Everett, James Lyons and Tammy Lightfoot for the two-year mayoral term.
The at-large city council race includes one incumbent, first-term Councilman Steve Schewel, as his fellow at-large members Diane Catotti and Eugene Brown are not seeking re-election. Others seeking the four-year term include Juan Alva, Philip Azar, Sandra Shazette Davis, Ricky L. Hart, Jillian Johnson, Charlie Reece, Michael Shiflett, Robert Stephens and John Tarantino.
Recent and future growth and development have generated strong interest in Chapel Hill’s elections. Former County Commissioner Pam Hemminger and Southern Village resident Gary Kahn have challenged Mark Kleinschmidt for the mayor’s office.
Three incumbents – Donna Bell, Lee Storrow and Jim Ward – and six challengers – Jessica Anderson, Adam W. Jones, Paul Neebe, Nancy Oates, Michael Parker and David Schwartz – are seeking four seats on the town council.
In neighboring Carrboro, however, Mayor Lydia Lavelle and Board of Aldermen members Bethany Chaney, Michelle Johnson and Damon Seils are unopposed.
Hillsborough Mayor Tom Stevens also lacks a challenger, but town board members Brian Lowen and Evelyn Lloyd will compete with three challengers – Mark Bell, Ashley DeSena and Cindy Lee Talisman – for three open seats.
Voters in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools district also will elect four school board members from an eight-person ballot: Board members David Saussy and Annetta Streater, and challengers Joal Hall Broun, Rani Dasi, Gregg Gerdau, Pat Heinrich, Margaret Samuels and Theresa Watson.
Brian Foxx, a software developer, filed Thursday to run against incumbent Mike Schlink in District 1.
District 3 incumbent Liz Johnson is running unopposed. Satish Garimella and Pete M. Martin are running for the at-large seat.
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.
The race for Fuquay-Varina’s three open seats on the town board of commissioners got crowded, with challengers Marilyn Gardner filing Monday, Henry J. Kuhn filing Wednesday, Bryan Haynes filing on Thursday and Beth Cassels-Anderson filing on Friday.
Gardner is a real estate agent. Kuhn 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 Wednesday.
Mayor John Byrne doesn’t face opposition as he seeks an eighth term.
There won’t be much to think about when choosing who to vote for Garner town council and mayor this November.
The four incumbents in Garner are running unopposed.
Only Mayor Ronnie Williams, and council members Jackie Johns, Buck Kennedy and Ken Marshburn entered bids for election in the candidate filing period.
Teshor J. Oates, who has run for town 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. They face challenges from Oates, Tom O’Brien and Arthur “Pete” Utley Jr.
Knightdale will choose a new mayor this fall.
Incumbent Russell Killen is not seeking re-election, and councilman James Roberson had filed to seek his seat. On Friday, he was joined on the ballot by former councilman Charles Bullock.
Councilman Dustin Tripp is seeking re-election on the council and faces three challengers for two open seats: Dean Heaney, Pete Mangum and Martha Thornton,.
Five candidates are seeking three seats on the board of commissioners.
Incumbents Greg Harrington and Anne M. Reeve are being joined on the ballot by Chad C. Casale, Brian R. Clemson and Brian Pate.
There are three positions up for re-election: the mayor’s seat, and two commissioners’ seats.
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 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. David Myrick is also seeking a council seat.
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, 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.
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.
Other candidates are Anne-Marie Mazur, Michael Mazur, Annie Moore and Sam Hayes.
Compiled by Mechelle Hankerson, Will Doran, Virginia Bridges, Tammy Grubb, Aaron Moody and Jonathan Alexander.
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