Second primaries possible

Published 3:15 pm Saturday, March 1, 2014

Second primaries probably will take place in Beaufort County, according to Kellie Harris Hopkins, the county’s elections director.

The filing period for the 2014 election cycle ended at noon Friday. No candidates filed in Beaufort County on the final day of the filing period.

Those second primaries could occur in the races to select the Democratic nominee and the Republican nominee for sheriff and the Republican nominees for the three seats available on the Beaufort County Board of Commissioners this election cycle. Those seats are currently held by Republicans Stan Deatherage and Al Klemm and Democrat Ed Booth.

Klemm is not seeking re-election. Late Thursday afternoon, Deatherage filed the required paperwork and paid the filing fee to seek re-election.

Five Democrats — Todd Alligood, Gary W. Blount, Russell Davenport, Val Scales and Al J. Whitney — and four Republicans — Ernie Coleman, Donald Dixon, Rick Guthrie and Harry Meredith — are seeking to replace Sheriff Alan Jordan, a Democrat who is not seeking re-election.

Joining Deatherage as GOP candidates seeking to become the GOP’s nominees for the three available seats on the Board of Commissioners are Ron Buzzeo, Don Cox, Keith Kidwell and Frankie Waters.

In addition to Booth, Democrat Robert B. Cayton, a former commissioner, is a candidate for the Board of Commissioners. They will be on the ballot for the general election next fall as the Democratic nominees for the board.

Unless write-in candidates appear, there are no contested races for the four available seats on the nine-member Beaufort County Board of Education this election cycle. Those four seats are District 2, District 4, District 6 and District 8.

E.C. Peed is unopposed in her re-election bid to represent District. The other uncontested races included Terry Williams in District 4, Michael Bilbro in District 6 and Butch Oliver in District 8.

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 is running as an unaffiliated candidate. As an unaffiliated candidate, Buck just collect the signatures of 1,291 registered voters in Beaufort County to be added to the ballot for the general election, according to Hopkins. Buck must obtain those signatures, which are verified by the Board of Elections, before the end of June, Hopkins noted. Once Buck meets those requirements, she will be required to pay her filing fee.

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

The sheriff, commissioners, school board members and clerk of court serve four-year terms.

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.

The filing period for soil-and-water commissioners begins later this year.

For information regarding candidates for Congress, the N.C. General Assembly, district attorney and North Carolina courts, see future editions of the Washington Daily News.


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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