No one wants to be mayor of Bailey, N.C. At least not so far.
Voters won’t cast ballots for the mayor of Bailey until November, but Nash County officials have extended the deadline to file for the job because no one has yet.
Bailey, a town of less than 600 according to the 2010 census, is about 35 minutes east of Raleigh. It’s part of the Rocky Mount metropolitan statistical area and is home to Carolina Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers’ high school, Southern Nash.
Bailey also is the “Home of the Country Doctor Museum,” according to its website.
The time to sign up to run for mayor – and all other municipal election seats – expired at noon on July 21. Four people had filed to run for three town commissioner seats, but no one had filed for mayor as of Wednesday, July 26, according to The Wilson Times.
If no one files after the weeklong extension, the job will be open for write-in candidates on the Nov. 7 ballot. To run for mayor, you have to have lived in the town’s limits for at least six months and be 18 or older, according to the Nash County Board of Elections.
Bailey’s former mayor Timothy Johnson stepped down from the job last year when he became town administrator, chief financial officer and tax collector for the town.