Local politics heats up next week

Jun. 28, 2013 @ 05:27 PM

Local elections for city and town offices often can be sleepy affairs, but that probably won’t be the case this year in one municipality in northern Randolph County that’s simmered with controversy for years.
Voters will go to the polls this fall to pick the mayor and four of eight members of the Trinity City Council. Candidate filing for this year’s election in Trinity and other municipalities across the region and state begins at noon next Friday. The filing period continues through noon July 19.
Trinity has been embroiled in a rolling set of controversies in the past several years that have included 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 controversies led to the forced departure of former City Manager Ann Bailie, whose severance package itself became a point of contention.
Many of the key votes on the council have ended up 5-3 or 5-4, as the mayor only votes when the eight council members split evenly. 
The mayor’s chair currently is held by Carlton Boyles. The other seats before Trinity voters this fall are the Ward 1 seat held by Kristen Varner; the Ward 2 seat held by Barry Lambeth; the Ward 3 seat held by Karen Bridges; and the Ward 4 seat held by Tommy Johnson.
Former mayor Fran Andrews said that she’s heard many people express interest in running for public office in Trinity this year, though she acknowledges she’s not certain how many actually will file.
“I’ve heard so many names. I’ve heard of five different people who are going to run for mayor,” Andrews told The High Point Enterprise.
Other cities and towns that will hold local elections this year include Jamestown and Greensboro in Guilford County; Thomasville, Midway, Wallburg and Lexington in Davidson County; and Randleman and Asheboro in Randolph County.
Two cities that won’t be involved in this year’s municipal campaigns are High Point and Archdale, who last decade switched their local elections to even-numbered years.

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