The filing period for candidates seeking elected office in nonpartisan races in November closed Friday with political hopefuls seeking seats in Pikeville, Seven Springs, Walnut Creek and in five of the Wayne County sanitary districts.
The filing period opened July 2 and closed Friday at the Wayne County Board of Elections.
Races in the town of Mount Olive, which take place every two years, have been moved to March 8, the same day as federal and state primaries, due to legislation requiring redistricting following delayed results of the 2020 U.S. Census, said Anne Risku, Wayne County Board of Elections director.
Newcomer Garrett Johnson is seeking the Pikeville mayoral seat while newcomers David “Matt” Thomas and Nick Katsenios are seeking election to the town board. Johnson, Thomas and Katsenios are unopposed in the races.
Incumbents filed for office in Seven Springs races, including Mayor Stephen Potter and town Commissioners Ronda Hughes and John Lee. Potter, Hughes and Lee have no challengers in the races.
Incumbent John Seegars and newcomer Mike Daly filed for the two at-large seats on the village of Walnut Creek council and have no opposition.
The remaining races on the Nov. 2 ballot include mostly incumbents seeking reelection to sanitary district boards.
Filing for the Belfast-Patetown Sanitary District board race, which includes five seats on the ballot, are incumbents Ben Casey, Fred Newcomb and Ray Sullivan and newcomers Arrington Anderson and Drew Hill.
Six candidates filed for the five open seats on the Eastern Wayne Sanitary District board including incumbents Daryl Anderson, Richard “Ricky” Carraway, James Sutton Jr., Ervin Watts and Brandon Gray and newcomer Allen Jones.
Four candidates filed for the three open seats on the Fork Township Sanitary District board and include incumbents Henry Braswell, Tim Gardner and Danny Hope and newcomer Andy Hartley.
Six candidates filed for a five open seats on the Southeastern Wayne Sanitary District board and include incumbents Charlie Holloway, Bobby Outlaw, Phil Shivar, James Taylor and Debony Jones and newcomer Jesse Jernigan.
The Southern Wayne Sanitary District board has two seats on the ballot and one seat for the unexpired term of Efton Sager. Incumbents Sally Bowles, Gary Scott and Matthew McLamb, who was appointed to Sager’s seat in 2019 until the 2021 race, and newcomer Justin Williams are contending for the two seats on the board. Newcomer Tommy Baker is also seeking election to the unexpired term on the Southern Wayne Sanitary District board. If elected, Baker, who is uncontested in the race, will serve out the remainder of Sager’s term that expires in 2023.
Members of the sanitary district boards serve four-year terms. The mayor of Pikeville and Pikeville town commissioners serve four-year terms, while the mayor of Seven Springs serves a two-year term. Town board members in Seven Springs and Walnut Creek serve four-year terms.
Candidate filing for the Mount Olive races is tentatively scheduled in December, according to the Wayne County Board of Elections. The filing period for 2022 election races is also planned in December, Risku said.
No elections in the town of Eureka will take place, after the town’s charter was suspended in 2019.