Aurora race pulls in two more candidates

Published 4:07 pm Sunday, July 28, 2019


AURORA — An extra week allowed for Aurora residents to file to run for town commissioner pulled in two more candidates.

Two seats on the Aurora Board of Commissioners are up for grabs in the coming municipal elections; now three candidates will be vying for those positions: incumbent W.C. Boyd, Coley W. Jordan and Tina Weatherly Taylor.

“Today ended the extended filing period for the Town of Aurora and I’m happy to say that we had two candidates file right before closing at noon,” Anita Bullock Branch, Beaufort County Board of Elections’ deputy director, wrote in an email.

The deadline was extended for the Aurora seats after only one candidate, Boyd, had filed before the original deadline of noon on July 19.

The addition of Taylor and Jordan brings the total number of municipal candidates running for office in the county’s seven municipalities to 44.

Five city council seats, and the office of Mayor, are open in Washington. City council incumbents Richard Brooks, Virginia Finnerty, Doug Mercer, William Pitt and Roland Wyman will be challenged by Laurence (Larry) Doby, Elizabeth (Betsy) Kane, Mike Renn, Bobby Roberson, Donald Sadler and Darwin E. Woolard. Marshall Thurmon will run for mayor against incumbent Mac Hodges.

Greg Satterthwaite will face off against incumbent Ricky Credle for the role of mayor of Belhaven. Bradford Linton filed to run against current Alderman Brenda Cherry for the one seat available in the Belhaven town board’s west district. Five people filed to run for the town’s two east district seats: James Lawler, Nathan Van Nortwick, Jimmie H. Southerland, Veronica Ward and Myers Williams.

In Bath, Mayor Jimmy Latham and commissioners Keith Tankard and John Taylor run unopposed for the seats each have held for several terms.

Pantego’s incumbent commissioners Chad Keech, Reid Gelderman, Robert Lilley, Mart Benson and Chuck Williams filed to run again, and each will be challenged for the fifth seat on the town board by Matthew Van Nortwick. Longtime Pantego Mayor Stuart Ricks is running unopposed.

Hatteras Brooks will campaign for the fifth seat on the Washington Park Board of Commissioners — seats currently held by incumbents Lee Bowen, Belinda Cowell, Wade Dale, Patrick Nash and Jeffery Peacock, all of whom have filed for reelection. Mayor Tom Richter will run unopposed.

Two seats will be open on the Chocowinity Board of Commissioners; Casey Langley and Nathaniel Williams filed to run for those positions.

Election Day for these municipal races is Nov. 5. One-stop early voting will start Oct. 23 and end Nov. 1. For more information, visit the Beaufort County Board of Elections at or call 252-946-2321.