Berry files to retain Ellerbe mayorship

By: Staff reports

Staff reports

ROCKINGHAM — Lee Berry is going for his second term as the mayor of Ellerbe.

Berry, who was the only candidate to file Wednesday, is the fourth current mayor to file for the November election.

The mayors of each of the county’s six municipalities are up for re-election this fall. Hamlet Mayor Bill Bayless and Rockingham Mayor Steve Morris filed on Monday.

Antonio Blue, mayor of Dobbins Heights, also filed Monday. The Dobbins Heights election will be in October.

So far, Tommy Hart in Hoffman and Kenneth Broadway in Norman have yet to throw their proverbial hats in the ring.

Three seats on the Hamlet City Council — occupied by Johnathan Buie, Tony Clewis and Pat Presslar — are up for grabs. Preslar announced in late May that he would not seek re-election and has been named interim police chief in Mount Gilead. Buie filed on Monday, as did newcomer David H. Lindsey.

On the Rockingham council, all four city council members whose seats are up — Bennett Deane, John Hutchinson, Denise Sullivan and Anne Edwards — have already filed. Edwards was recently appointed to fill the seat left vacant by the resignation of Travis Billingsley.

No one has yet filed for council seats in Dobbins Heights, Ellerbe, Hoffman or Norman.