06/20/11 — Elections will move forward

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Elections will move forward

By Steve Herring
Published in News on June 20, 2011 1:46 PM

Plans by the city of Goldsboro and the towns of Mount Olive and Fremont to delay their respective 2011 municipal elections until next year because of redistricting will not affect other upcoming municipal and sanitary district elections in the county.

Wayne County is redistricting, too. However, there are no school board or county commission races this year.

The town boards in Goldsboro, Mount Olive and Fremont have until July 20 to adopt a resolution and deliver it to the Wayne County Board of Elections notifying election officials of the delay.

"Our office has not been officially notified of any postponements, but Wayne County does have three municipalities that elect officials by district and fall under the redistricting laws," said Vickie Reed, Wayne County Board of Elections director. "These municipalities have until July 20 to officially notify our office that they cannot redistrict and receive Department of Justice OK in time for the candidate filing opening on July 25 at noon.

"If this event was to occur, filing for those affected municipal offices would begin at noon on Feb. 13 and end at noon on Feb. 29."

The Mount Olive and Fremont elections would be May 8. Goldsboro's primary, if there are more than two candidates per seat, also would be on May 8, and the election on June 26.

The mayors and town boards for all three municipalities are up for election. Filing fees are $5 for all Fremont offices; $6 for commissioner and $24 for mayor in Mount Olive; and $114 for mayor and $90 for city council in Goldsboro.

Filing for the other municipal and sanitary district offices will be begin as scheduled at noon on July 1 and end at noon on July 15. The fee for each is $5.

The elections are for:

* Eureka, three board seats

* Pikeville, three board seats

* Seven Springs, mayor and three board seats

* Walnut Creek, three council seats

* Fork Township Sanitary Board, two seats

* Northwestern Wayne Sanitary Board, five seats

* Southern Wayne Sanitary Board, three seats

* Southwestern Wayne Sanitary Board, five seats.

The general election will be held Nov. 8 when the polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.