Off and running by signing your name

Jul. 05, 2013 @ 05:26 PM

The day after a holiday didn’t deter some local politicians from getting a quick start on their campaigns for this fall.

Candidates for mayor and city or town councils — both incumbents and challengers — signed up to run for office Friday afternoon on the opening day of the filing period for this year’s municipal elections.
In Thomasville, Mayor Joe Bennett filed for another term. Three candidates filed for City Council — incumbent Raleigh York Jr. and challengers Joe Leonard and Jason Varner. Thomasville voters will fill all seven council seats this fall.
In Wallburg, Mayor Allen Todd and Town Councilman Steve Yokeley filed for re-election. Residents of the northern Davidson County town will fill two council seats in the general election.
In Denton, Mayor Scott Morris filed for re-election. Voters of the southern Davidson County town also will pick two Town Council members.
On opening day for filing, one exception to the sprint to the board of elections office involved candidates for Trinity mayor and City Council. Voters this year will pick four of eight councilmembers as well as the mayor. No Trinity candidates filed Friday, though local observers expect a robust election campaign this fall.
The northern Randolph County city has been embroiled in a series of controversies dating back years. The most recent one surfaced in the past week when not enough Trinity elected officials showed up for a meeting on an important vote on budget amendments for the city’s sewer system.
Municipal elections in Guilford, Davidson and Randolph counties are nonpartisan, meaning the party affiliation of the candidates won’t appear on the ballot.


Candidate filing for this year’s municipal elections began Friday and continues through noon July 19. The only exceptions are High Point and Archdale, which hold their elections for mayor and city council in even-numbered years.
For more information, call your local board of elections office:
Guilford County Board of Elections offices in Greensboro at 641-3836 or High Point at 641-7895
Randolph County, 318-6900
Davidson County, 242-2190