HOFFMAN — A new face will join the Hoffman Town Council next year, but he or she won’t be chosen in the town’s Nov. 3 municipal election.
Four of the five sitting council members — Cynthia Northcutt, Rory Kevin Jones, Riccardo Anderson and Daniel Kelly — met Friday’s election filing deadline, drawing no challengers for their seats. Councilwoman Althea Sloan Cobb did not file for office.
Candidates in the town of fewer than 600 have been slow to come out of the woodwork, with Anderson and Kelly filing on the final day. Hoffman Mayor Tommy Hart, who filed Wednesday, is unopposed in his bid for re-election.
If the Hoffman election yields no write-in candidates or a write-in winner declines to accept the post, Cobb would continue to serve on the town council until her successor is appointed and sworn in, according to N.C. General Statute 128-7..
A fourth candidate for mayor of Dobbins Heights threw his hat into the ring on Friday, the final day to file for the November election in the 0.9 square-mile Richmond County town.
James Calvin Whitt will join two-term incumbent Mayor Antonio Blue, Councilwoman Gracie Jackson and challenger Ernest Lee Primus in seeking the mayor’s gavel. Jackson vacates her seat on the council in her bid for the executive office.
Mary Ann Gibson, Elijah Daniel Lockhart, Barbara Jones Young and Eddie Herman McRae have all filed for seats on the Dobbins Heights Town Council.
NORMAN MAYOR FILES
Norman Mayor Kenneth Broadway filed to retain his seat on Friday and has no challengers in the November election.
Tonia S. Collins, Stephen Cranford and Cynthia Watkins filed for seats on the Norman Town Council.
CLEWIS BOWS OUT
Friday’s filing deadline came and went without Hamlet City Councilman Tony Clewis seeking to retain his seat. Clewis told the Daily Journal last week that he had not made up his mind about whether to run.
Wendy Massagee has filed for a spot on Hamlet’s board, joining David H. Lindsey and current councilman Johnathan Buie — as well as Mayor Bill Bayless — in the race. There are three seats on that council to be filled, held by Buie, Clewis and Pat Preslar.
Preslar announced in late May that he would not be seeking re-election and was later named interim police chief in Mount Gilead.
Jeremy McKenzie, Lee Freeman and Elsie Freeman all are vying for one of the two seats up for grabs on the Ellerbe Town Council. One seat is currently occupied by John Sears Jr., the other is vacant. Mayor Lee Berry has also filed.
Everyone on the Rockingham City Council — Mayor Steve Morris and council members Anne Edwards, Bennett Deane, Denise Sulivan and John Hutchinson — has filed and will face no competition.
Important dates for voters to remember include:
• Absentee voting by mail begins Aug. 14 for September primary, Sept. 4 for October election, Oct. 2 for November election;
• Voter registration deadline is Aug. 21 for September primary, Sept. 11 for October election, Oct. 9 for November election;
• One-stop (or early) voting runs Sept. 3-12 for September primary, Sept. 24-Oct. 3 for October election, Oct. 22-31 for November election;
• Last day to return absentee ballot is Sept. 15 for September primary, Oct. 6 for October election, Nov. 3 for November election;
• Election days are Sept. 15, Oct. 6 and Nov. 3, with polls opening at 6:30 a.m.
Poll worker Sam Ballard helps voters run their ballots through the voting machine at the Marks Creek No. 2 precinct at First Presbyterian Church in Hamlet during the general election in November 2014.