Andrews files for Trinity mayor

Jul. 18, 2013 @ 08:49 AM

Former mayor Fran Andrews filed Wednesday to regain her old seat as Trinity’s top elected official.
Andrews’ filing sets up a potential rematch between her and Mayor Carlton Boyles, who filed for re-election earlier this month. Boyles defeated Andrews in the general election four years ago. Boyles, who’s also a former Trinity City Council member, won a three-way race for mayor in 2009.
The mayoral race in 2009 took place against the backdrop of a contentious campaign in the northern Randolph County city six years ago over alcoholic beverage sales. Voters rejected a series of referendum issues on the sale of alcoholic beverages.
Today, Trinity’s city government has been roiled by an rolling set of controversies. In the past several years, Trinity elected officials have battled over whether to develop land for a park, extend water and sewer lines for commercial development and zone parcels for land use in the city. The conflicts led to the forced departure of former City Manager Ann Bailie, whose severance package itself became a point of contention.
In addition to the mayor, Trinity voters will fill four of eight seats on City Council in the Nov. 5 general election. As of Wednesday, three candidates filed for Ward 1 — challengers Mitchel Lee Childers Jr. and Gene Austin Byerly Jr. and incumbent Kristen Varner, according to the Randolph County Board of Elections.
Councilman Barry Lambeth is the only candidate so far in Ward 2, while incumbent Tommy Johnson is the lone candidate so far in Ward 4. William Tyler Earnst is the only candidate to file in Ward 3, the seat held by Councilwoman Karen Bridges, according to the Board of Elections. Bridges announced last week that she won’t seek another term.
Filing for municipal elections in Trinity and other cities and towns across the state and region concludes at noon Friday. The two exceptions are High Point and Archdale, which hold their local elections in even-numbered years.
All municipal elections in Guilford, Davidson and Randolph counties are nonpartisan, meaning the party affiliation of the candidates doesn’t appear on the ballot.