Filing period ends Friday

Published 5:12 pm Tuesday, February 25, 2014

With two a half business days left, time is running out for anyone thinking about running for specific elected offices this election cycle.

The filing period ends at noon Friday. It began at noon Feb. 10. As of 1 p.m. Tuesday, no candidates had filed the required paperwork and paid filing fees at the Beaufort County Board of Elections on Monday or Tuesday.

In Beaufort County this election cycle, voters will elect members of Congress, N.C. General Assembly members, county commissioners, a sheriff, a clerk of court, a district attorney, school-board members and soil-and-water commissioners.

As of Tuesday afternoon, four Democrats and three Republicans are seeking to replace Sheriff Alan Jordan, who is not seeking re-election. The Democrats are Todd Alligood, Russell Davenport, Gary W. Blount and Al J. Whitney. The Republicans are Ernie Coleman, Donald Dixon and Harry Meredith.

So far this filing period, four Republicans are in the hunt for the available seat on the Board of Commissioners. They are Run Buzzeo, Don Cox, Keith Kidwell and Frankie Waters.

Democrats Ed Booth, an incumbent, and Robert B. Cayton, a former commissioner, have filed to run for the board.

The three board seats available this election cycle are held by Stan Deatherage, Al Klemm and Booth.

In Raleigh last week, Seth Edwards, the district attorney for the 2nd Judicial District, filed the paperwork and paid the filing fee so he can run for re-election. Edwards, a Democrat, was first elected district attorney in 2002 and re-elected in 2006 in a contested race and in 2010, when he was unopposed.

The 2nd Judicial District includes Beaufort County, where Edwards lives, and Martin, Washington, Hyde and Tyrrell counties. The district attorney is elected to a four-year term.

E.C. Peed, who represents District 2 on the Beaufort County Board of Education, has filed for re-election. Michael Bilbro has filed to run for the District 6 seat on the Beaufort County Board of Education. Butch Oliver has filed to seek the District 8 seat on the school board. Terry Williams has filed to seek re-election as the District 4 representative on the school board.

The even-numbered seats on the nine-member Beaufort County Board of Education are available this election cycle. The Board of Education races are nonpartisan.

Incumbent Clerk of Court Marty Paramore, a Democrat, has filed for re-election.

He is being challenged for the clerk of court’s seat by Eva Buck, who has not yet filed but announced her candidacy late last year. She plans to run as an unaffiliated candidate.

Republican Jimbo Shiver has filed to run for the clerk of court’s position.

Incumbent state Sen. Bill Cook, a Republican who lives in Beaufort County, has filed for re-election in his effort to continue to represent District 1 in the state Senate. Former state Sen. Stan White, a Dare County Democrat, has filed to seek the Democratic nomination for District 1. Cook narrowly defeated White in the 2012 election.

Ashley Woolard, a Washington resident, joins fellow Republicans Mattie Lawson and Jeremy D. Adams in seeking to become the Republican nominee in the race for the 6th District seat in the state House. Incumbent Paul Tine, a freshman legislator and a Democrat, is seeking re-election.

Primaries are set for May 6. Early voting for the primaries begins April 24 and ends May 3. The general election is set for Nov. 4, with early voting in the general election beginning Oct. 23 and ending Nov. 1.



About Mike Voss

Mike Voss is the contributing editor at the Washington Daily News. He has a daughter and four grandchildren. Except for nearly six years he worked at the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va., in the early to mid-1990s, he has been at the Daily News since April 1986.
Journalism awards:
• Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service, 1990.
• Society of Professional Journalists: Sigma Delta Chi Award, Bronze Medallion.
• Associated Press Managing Editors’ Public Service Award.
• Investigative Reporters & Editors’ Award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Public Service Award, 1989.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Investigative Reporting, 1990.
All those were for the articles he and Betty Gray wrote about the city’s contaminated water system in 1989-1990.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Investigative Reporting, 1991.
• North Carolina Press Association, Third Place, General News Reporting, 2005.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Lighter Columns, 2006.
Recently learned he will receive another award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Lighter Columns, 2010.
4. Lectured at or served on seminar panels at journalism schools at UNC-Chapel Hill, University of Maryland, Columbia University, Mary Washington University and Francis Marion University.

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