Pace of filing slows in middle of period

Feb. 21, 2014 @ 06:12 PM

The second week of filing closed slower than the first, though several candidates still stepped up for the chance to represent Tri-County residents.

Greg Brannon of Raleigh became the fourth Republican ­— after Wilkesboro resident Heather Grant, Mark Harris of Raleigh and Ted Alexander of Shelby ­— to file for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Democrat Kay Hagan.

Incumbent George Holding, a Republican, filed to hold onto his U.S. House of Representatives District 13 seat. Raleigh resident Arunava “Ron” Sanyal, a Democrat, put his name on the ballot Friday. Democrat Brenda Cleary also seeks to run against him.

G.K. Butterfield filed to hang onto his District 1 seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. He is currently unopposed.

On Friday, Republican Sandra Hendrick Berry of Oxford and Democrat Brent Groce of Roxboro both filed for the state House District 2 race, joining Republicans Jon Greg Bass and Larry Yarborough and Democrat Ray Jeffers. Currently, state Rep. Winkie Wilkins holds that role, but he has said he will not seek re-election. Republican Richard Scott of Scotland Neck filed to battle incumbent Angela R. Bryant, a Democrat, for her state Senate District 4 seat. Henderson Democrat Nathan Baskerville filed to hold onto his state House District 32 seat.

Oxford Democrats Mike Waters and Cindy Bostic, an assistant district attorney, each filed to seek the District 9 district attorney’s office.

Henderson resident Judge Henry Banks filed for his District 9B District Court position.

In Vance County, incumbent school board member Ruth Hartness filed to keep her District 7 seat as did Margaret Ellis for her District 6 position. The following candidates filed for office last week: Sheriff Peter White; District 3 county commissioner Gordon Wilder; incumbent Thomas Hester Jr. and A. Scott Hughes, both for District 7 county commissioner; school board District 2 incumbent Darlynn Oxendine; incumbent Gloria Jefferson White and Carolyn Faines, both for school board in District 1; Deborah Finch for clerk of court; and Carolyn Pecora for register of deeds.

In Granville County, three incumbents filed: David T. Smith, a Democrat, for District 2 county commissioner; Butner resident Edgar G. Smoak, a Democrat, for District 7 county commissioner; and Catherine “Rose” Lyon for the non-partisan Board of Education District 6 seat. Tom Houlihan of Oxford for District 2 and Creedmoor resident Danny L. Eudy for District 6 also filed for school board races. Democrat Mike Turner of Creedmoor put his name in the running for county commission District 6. In the first week, Sheriff Brindell Wilkins, Jamye Hughes and Ronald M. Smith all filed for sheriff. George Case Ritchie filed for the District 2 county commission seat. School board members Toney Smith, representing District 1, and Brenda Dickerson-Daniel, representing District 2, filed to hold onto their seats.

Democrats C.F. Knott, Danny Emory and Yancey Washington filed for clerk of Superior Court.

In Warren County, incumbent Henry L. Durham Jr. filed for the non-partisan Board of Education race; he represents District 1. Calvin Jones filed to represent District 4 on the school board. Incumbent Ruby Downey filed for District 3 county commission seat, as did Andy Riggleman of Norlina. In the first week, several candidates put their names forward: Sheriff Johnny Williams, Tare “T” Davis for District 2 county commissioner, Gary Morgan for District 3 county commissioner and Richard Hunter for clerk of Superior Court.

The filing period runs until noon Friday, Feb. 28.

More information can be obtained by calling the Vance County board at (252) 492-3730, the Granville board at (919) 693-2515 and the Warren board at (252) 257-2114.

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