One filing period ends, another is under way

Published 1:18 am Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The deadline for filing to run as a candidate in the special election for a seat on the Bath Board of Commissioners is today.

The special election is needed to choose a commissioner to serve the remainder of the unexpired term of Marty Fulton, who resigned. Patricia Duffer was appointed to replace Fulton.

Because the resignation occurred in the first two years of office on the four-year term, a special election to fill the remainder will be on the ballot in November along with other seats that are up for election. Ms. Duffer has filed for that seat.

The filing period for that seat on the board remains open until 5 p.m. today.

Bath Mayor Jimmy Latham and Commissioners Keith Tankard and John Taylor have filed for re-election. This election cycle, the mayor’s post and two seats on the Bath Board of Commissioners are available.

The filing period for the mayoral and two council seats in Belhaven began at noon Monday. It ends at noon Aug. 12.

On Tuesday, Ronald Winfield filed as a Belhaven mayoral candidate, and Thomas Ballard filed as a candidate for the at-large West End seat up for election this election cycle.

Belhaven’s filing period is later than other municipal filing periods in the county because the Belhaven council seats are at large-districts (East End and West End).

“The law sates that any municipality that has districts are given a little extra time to finish up redistricting. Because the districts are at-large, no actual redistricting is done but they still fall under the statute,” reads an email from Kellie Harris Hopkins, elections director for Beaufort County.

As for other municipal elections in Beaufort County this year, Washington Mayor Archie Jennings is seeking re-election. No one filed to challenge him. Current City Council members Gil Davis, Doug Mercer, Edward Moultrie, William Pitt and Bobby Roberson filed for re-election. They are being challenged by former council member Richard Brooks, Lloyd May and Rick Gagliano.

The mayor’s post and all five seats on the council are up for grabs this year. The mayor and council members serve two-year terms.

In Chocowinity, incumbents M.L. Dunbar and Arlene Jones are seeking to keep their seats on the Board of Commissioners. Two seats on the board are up for election this year.

In Pantego, Mayor Glenda Jackson and Commissioners Chad Keech, Mart Benson, Stuart Edwin Ricks, Robert Floyd Edwards, Richard S. Craig filed for re-election.

In Washington Park, Mayor Tom Richter and Commissioners Jeff Peacock, Don Wilkinson and Lee Bowen filed for re-election before the July 15 filing deadline was extended to July 20. Patrick Nash and Jim Pagnani filed for re-election during the extended filing period.

In Aurora, Commissioner Mike Poteet filed for re-election before the filing deadline was extended. Two seats on the Aurora Board of Commissioners are up for grabs this year.

Write-in votes will determine who joins Poteet on the Aurora board, according to Anita Bullock Branch, deputy director of the Beaufort County Board of Elections.