Massagee files for Hamlet council seat

By: By William R. Toler - [email protected]

By William R. Toler

[email protected]

ROCKINGHAM — Two more candidates threw their hats in the ring for the upcoming fall election after filing at the Richmond County Board of Elections on Thursday.

Wendy Massagee has filed for one of the spots on the Hamlet City Council and Cynthia Watkins filed for a seat in Norman.

Three seats are up for re-election in Hamlet, currently held by Johnathan Buie, Tony Clewis and Pat Preslar.

Preslar announced in late May that he was not running for re-election after 16 years on the council. He was later named interim police chief of Mount Gilead in Montgomery County.

Buie filed on Monday, as did David H. Lindsey and Mayor Bill Bayless for his office. Clewis has yet to file.

Watkins is the only person to enter the race for one of Norman’s three council seats. Mayor Kenneth Broad also hasn’t filed yet.

Every candidate up for re-election in Rockingham — Mayor Steve Morris and council members Bennett Deane, Anne M. Edwards, John Hutchinson and Denise Sullivan — has filed, with no newcomers as of Thursday.

Conversely, no one has filed in Hoffman. Because the town has two-year terms, all five council members — Ricarrdo Anderson, Althea Sloan Cobb, Rory Kevin Jones, Daniel Kelly and Cynthia Northcutt — are up for re-election, as is Mayor Tommy Hart.

On Wednesday, Ellerbe Mayor Lee Berry filed for re-election, the fourth Richmond County mayor and only person in his town to do so. There are two seats on the town’s council up for grabs, including one that is currently vacant. The other is currently held by John Sears Jr.

In Dobbins Heights, which will hold its election in October, Mayor Antonio Blue has filed. Barbara Young has also filed for one of the town’s two council seats. Those who hold the seats, Mary Ann Gibson and Gracie Jackson, have not yet filed.

The Daily Journal reported in Wednesday’s edition that no one had filed in Dobbins Heights except Blue — although Young filed on Wednesday. The Daily Journal regrets the error.

Reach reporter William R. Toler at 910-817-2675 and follow him on Twitter @William_r_Toler.