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Filing period for municipal elections opens Friday

Published 7:23pm Wednesday, July 3, 2013

The filing period for elections in Beaufort County’s seven municipalities opens at noon Friday.

Candidates will file at the Beaufort County Board of Elections at Suite 104, 1308 Highland Drive, Washington. The filing period ends at noon July 19.

Municipal elections in Beaufort County are nonpartisan. Election Day is Nov. 5.

Kellie Harris Hopkins, Beaufort County’s elections director, said other than the municipal elections there will be no other items on the ballots for those elections.

In Washington, the mayor’s seat and all seats on the five-member council are available this election cycle. The council members and mayor do not serve staggered terms. The mayor and council members serve two-year terms.

The current mayor is Archie Jennings. The council members are Bobby Roberson, Doug Mercer, William Pitt, Edward Moultrie and Richard Brooks.

In Aurora, the mayor’s seat and two seats on the Board of Commissioners are available. Currently, Clif Williams holds the mayor’s seat. Patricia Bragg and Alan Kutzing currently hold the two seats available this election cycle.

Aurora voters will also elect a commissioner to serve out the remainder of the unexpired term of former Commissioner George Jones. W.C. Boyd was appointed in March to replace Jones.

The mayor and commissioners serve four-year, staggered terms. The next election cycle for seats on the board is 2015.

There are two seats available on the four-member Bath Board of Commissioners this election cycle. The town’s mayor and commissioners serve four-year terms that are staggered. Those seats are currently held by Commissioner Patricia Duffer and Commissioner Jay Hardin.

The election cycle for commissioners in Bath is 2015.

Belhaven voters will elect two aldermen and a mayor this election cycle. The Board of Alderman has five members, three from the east end of town and two from the west end. The aldermen serve four-year terms. The mayor serves a two-year term.

The seat currently held by Mayor Adam O’Neal and the seats currently held by Commissioner Steve Carawan (east end) and Commissioner Howard D. Moore (west end) are available this election cycle.

Belhaven voters also will select someone to serve the remainder of the unexpired term of former Alderman Cindy Ross.

The next election for alderman and mayor is in 2015.

In Chocowinity, the mayor’s seat and two seats on the four-member Board of Commissioners are available this election cycle.

Jimmy Mobley is the current mayor. The seats currently held by Billy Albritton and Louise S. Furman are up for grabs this year.

The next election for two seats on the board is in 2015.

All five seats are available on the Pantego Board of Commissioners this election cycle, along with the mayor’s seat. The mayor and commissioners serve two-year terms.

The mayor’s seat is held by Glenda Jackson. The current commissioners are Reid Gelderman, Robert Edwards, Chad Keech, Mart Benson and Stuart E. Ricks.

In Washington Park, the mayor’s seat and all seats on that town’s five-member Town Council are available this election cycle. The mayor and council members serve two-year terms.

Tom Richter is the mayor. Council members are Lee Bowen, Patrick Nash, Jim Pagnani, Jeffrey A. Peacock and Don Wilkinson.

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