05/09/04 — Primary needed as Chance gets Deeds opponent

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Primary needed as Chance gets Deeds opponent

By News-Argus Staff
Published in News on May 9, 2004 2:07 AM

The end of the filing period Friday was a relief for some county commissioners, school board members, legislators and judges who will not have challengers this year.

But it was a pain for Wayne County Register of Deeds John Chance, who now has an opponent in the Democratic primary.

Lois J. Mooring, a deputy clerk in the Clerk of Court's office, filed Friday to enter the deeds race. She described herself as "a hard-working Wayne County girl" who is running to improve her professional career while still serving local citizens.

She will now face Chance, the register since last November, in the primaries on July 20. The winner of that race will advance to meet Chris West, the Republican candidate, in November.

In another last-minute filing at the Wayne County Board of Elections, Willie Ray Starling entered the 10th District race for the N.C. House. Starling, a Republican from Mount Olive, is challenging Rep. Stephen LaRoque of Kinston in the primary.

Several candidates made it through the two-week filing period without drawing opposition. Barring write-in campaigns, they will all be re-elected in November.

They include Wayne County commissioners Andy Anderson, John M. Bell and J.D. Evans; school board members Shirley Sims and Thelma Smith; N.C. Reps. Louis Pate and Larry M. Bell; N.C. Sen. Fred Smith; and district court judges David Brantley, Lonnie Carraway, Leslie "Les" Turner, Rose Vaughn Williams and Chief Judge Joseph "Joe" E. Setzer Jr.

Duplin County

Three primaries are set for open county commissioner seats, and three Democrats are going after one of the school board seats.

Commissioners L.S. Guy and Reginald Wells face opposition in their bid for re-election. Commissioner Myrle Beringer has announced he will not run again, and two Democrats are going after his seat.

Guy, who is the chairman of the county commissioner board, faces Snodie Wilson of Kenansville in the Primary for the Democratic nomination for the District 1 seat.

Reginald Wells of Rose Hill faces Quincy Hill, also of Rose Hill in his bid for reelection to the District 6 seat on the commissioner board. The winner will face Republican Sean Knowles of Rose Hill in November.

Tommy Herring and David Fussell, both of Wallace, will be on the ballot for Commissioner District 4, the seat that is being vacated by Beringer. The winner will face Republican Ray Garriss of Wallace in November.

Democrat Zettie Williams of Magnolia is unopposed for re-election in District 5.

Board of Education members Hubert E. Bowden of Warsaw and Reginald Kenan, both Democrats, have filed for reelection to two of the three school board seats.

Three Democrats are going after the school board seat being vacated by retiring Chairman Doc Brinson. They are Gary Cook of Warsaw and Willie Gillespie and Stephen Williamson, both of Kenansville.

Register of Deeds Davis Brinson faces no opposition in his bid for re-election.

Candidates list

Following is a list of the candidates that will be on Wayne and Duplin ballots. School board and judicial races are non-partisan. In other races, Democrats are indicated by (D) and Republicans by (R). Current officeholders are listed in italics.

Wayne County commissioners

District 1: Andy Anderson (R). Airport Road, Pikeville.

District 2: J.D. Evans (D), Old Mount Olive Highway, Dudley.

District 3: John Bell (D), Stadium Drive, Goldsboro.

District 4: Mark Hood (D), Weaver Road, Goldsboro; Efton Sager (R), Southwood Drive, Goldsboro.

District 5: Roland "Bud" Gray (D), Mark Edwards Road, LaGrange; Ed Wharton (R), Forest Knolls Road, Goldsboro.

District 6: Roger Bedford (R), Ridgecrest Drive, Goldsboro; Monroe "Jack" Best (D), Mill Road, Goldsboro.

At-large: Hal Keck (R), Plantation Road, Goldsboro; Atlas Price (D), Main Street, Seven Springs.

Len Henderson has been gathering petitions to run as an independent candidate for the at-large seat. He has until June 25 to dather enough signatures to be included on the ballot.

Board of Education

District 2: Shirley Faison Sims, Yorkshire Court, Dudley.

District 3: Thelma Smith, Hamilton Drive, Goldsboro.

At-large: Pete Gurley, Birchwood Drive, Mount Olive; Joseph "Joe" Hackett, Renee Drive, Goldsboro.

Register of Deeds

John Chance (D), Pineview Avenue; Lois J. Mooring (D), N.C. 111, Goldsboro; Chris West (R), Airport Road, Pikeville.

Duplin County commissioners

District 1: L.S. Guy (D), Faison; Snodie Wilson (D), Kenansville.

District 4: Tommy Herring (D), Wallace; Davis Fussell(D), Wallace; Ray Garriss (R), Wallace.

District 6: Reginald Wells (D), Rose Hill; Quincy Hill (D), Rose Hill; Sean Knowles (R), Rose Hill.

Board of Education

District 1: Gary Cook (D), Warsaw; Willie Gillespie (D), Kenansville; Stephen Williamson (D), Kenansville.

District 5: Reginald Kenan (D), Rose Hill.

District 6: Hubert Bowden (D), Warsaw.

Register of Deeds

Davis Brinson (D), Magnolia.

N.C. Senate

5th District: John Kerr (D), Ridgewood Road, Goldsboro; Tony Moore (R), Greenville.

10th District: Charlie Albertson (D), Beulaville; Adrian Ray Arnett (R), Pink Hill; Richard Jarman (R), LaGrange.

12th District: Fred Smith (R), Clayton.

N.C. House

4th District: Naverro Brown (D), Kenansville; Martin L. Herring (D), Rose Hill Road; Russell Tucker (D), Pink Hill.

10th District: James D. "Lew" Llewellyn (D), Kinston; Stephen LaRoque (R), Kinston; Willie Ray Starling (R), Indian Springs Road, Mount Olive.

11th District: Louis Pate (R), Meredith Street, Mount Olive.

21st District: Larry Bell (D), Clinton.

U.S. Senate

Erskine Bowles (D), Charlotte; Richard Burr (R), Winston-Salem; John Ross Hendrix (R), Cary; Albert Lee Wiley (R), Salter Path; Tom Bailey (Libertarian), Greensboro.

U.S. House

1st District: G.K. Butterfield (D), Wilson; Donald "Don" Davis (D), Snow Hill; Sam Davis (D), Elizabeth City; Christine Finch (D), Wilson; Darryl Smith (D), Wilson; Greg Dority (R), Washington; Jerry Williford (R), Oxford.

3rd District: Walter B. Jones Jr. (R), Farmville; Roger Eaton (D), Morehead City

7th District: Mike McIntyre (R), Lumberton.


Mike Easley (D), Raleigh; Rickey Kepfer (D), Broadway; Patrick Ballantine (R), Wilmington; Dan Barrett (R), Advance; Bill Cobey (R), Durham; George Little (R), Southern Pines; Fern Shubert (R), Marshville; Richard Vinroot (R), Charlotte; Barbara Howe (L), Oxford.

Lt. Governor

Curtis Hert Jr. (D), High Point; Beverly Perdue (D), Raleigh; Timothy Cook (R), Browns Summit; Jim Snyder (R), Lexington; Thomas Stith (R), Durham; Christopher Cole (L), Newell.

Schools Superintendent

June S. Atkinson (D), Raleigh; J.B. Buxton (D), Charlotte; Marshall Stewart (D), Raleigh; Bill Fletcher (R), Cary; Jeanne Smoot (R), Raleigh.

Attorney General

Roy Cooper (D), Raleigh; Thom Goolsby (R), Wilmington; Joe Knott (R), Raleigh; Wendell Sawyer (R), Greensboro.

Commissioner of Labor

Wayne Goodwin (D), Rockingham; Cherie Berry (R), Newton; Lloyd T. Funderburk (R), Matthews

Secretary of State

Elaine Marshall (D), Lillington; Doris Sanders (D), Raleigh; Jay Rao (R), Charlotte

State Auditor

Ralph Campbell (D), Raleigh; Jasper Albright, Raleigh; Leslie "Les" Merritt (R), Zebulon

Commissioner of Insurance

Jim Long (D), Raleigh; C. Robert Brawley (R), Mooresville; Cindy Huntsberry (R), Smithfield

Commissioner of Agriculture

Britt Cobb (D), Raleigh; Tom Gilmore (D), Julian; Steve Troxler (R), Browns Summit

State Treasurer

Richard Moore (D), Raleigh; Edward Meyer (R), Greensboro

N.C. Supreme Court

Parker seat: Sarah Parker, Charlotte; John Tyson, Fayetteville

N.C. Court of Appeals

Bryant seat: Wanda Bryant, Raleigh; Alice Stubbs, Raleigh

McGee seat: Linda McGee, Hickory; Bill Parker, Raleigh

Thornburg seat: Barbara Jackson, Raleigh; Marvin Schiller, Raleigh; Alan Thornburg, Asheville; Marcus Williams, Lumberton

Judges, District 8

Brantley seat: David Brantley, Goldsboro

Carraway seat: Lonnie Carraway, Walstonburg

Setzer seat: Joseph "Joe" E. Setzer Jr., Goldsboro

Turner seat: Leslie "Les" Turner, Pink Hill

Williams seat: Rose Vaughn Williams, Goldsboro

Primary elections will be held on Tuesday, July 20. The general election will be Tuesday, Nov. 2.