Half city election races contested so far, but which ones?
The midway point of candidate filing for this year’s city elections already assures voters that half the High Point races will be contested this fall.
Enough candidates either filed as of Friday or have announced their intentions to run to ensure contested races for the two at-large seats on City Council and three of the six ward races. The filing period for the mayoral and council races concludes at noon July 18. Here are the contested races so far:
• Incumbent At-large Councilman Britt Moore has filed along with challengers Latimer Alexander, Orrick Quick and Cynthia Davis. At-large incumbent Becky Smothers hasn’t announced whether she’ll seek another term.
• Challenger Roger Sims filed Friday to run in Ward 5 against Councilman Jim Davis, who hasn’t filed yet but will seek re-election.
• Councilman Jason Ewing and challenger Jim Corey have filed in Ward 6, setting up a rematch of their races from 2012 and 2010.
• Councilwoman Judy Mendenhall will face challenger Alyce Hill in Ward 3. Both women filed earlier this week.
So far the only candidate to file for mayor is Bill Bencini, the chairman of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners and a former councilman. Mayor Bernita Sims told The High Point Enterprise earlier this week that she’s still mulling whether to seek re-election.
One possible mayoral candidate, state Rep. Marcus Brandon, D-Guilford, said he’s still deliberating about whether to run for mayor. Brandon told the Enterprise on Friday that he won’t run if Sims seeks another term.
Both Bencini and Brandon aren’t seeking re-election to their current positions this year.
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