Former House representative files for mayor

Jul. 16, 2013 @ 06:22 PM

Entering the final three days of municipal election filing, two more names have been added in Henderson and a former state lawmaker has filed in Oxford.

Jim Crawford Jr., who exited the N.C. General Assembly with 28 years experience when the new session began in January, filed Tuesday to run for mayor of Oxford. Incumbent Jackie Sergent filed July 5 and is the only other candidate.

Crawford served in the N.C. House from 1983-1992, ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor in 1993, and returned to the N.C. House from 1995-2012. His first public office was with the Oxford City Council from 1965-1969.

Sergent was a commissioner for two years prior to taking the mayor’s seat in December 2011.

In Vance County on Tuesday, Charles Douglas filed to run for the at-large Ward 1 seat on city council and Geraldine Champion filed to run for the Ward 3 seat. Sara Coffey, the incumbent, is the only other candidate for at-large Ward 1, and Melissa Elliott is the only other candidate thus far for Ward 3.

Henderson’s other candidates thus far are Arnold Frank Booth Jr. for at-large Ward 2 and incumbent Vernon Brown in Ward 4.

In Warren County, Ricky Davis filed to run for mayor of Norlina, where Dwight Pearce has filed for re-election. Bill Harris added his name to the Norlina town commissioner race, joining James Overby, who filed Monday, and Lou Stultz, who filed last week. All three are incumbent commissioners.

In Granville County, incumbent Tim Davidson filed to run for town commissioner, joining Marshall Roberts in the race.

The filing period closes at noon on Friday.

Questions about filing in Vance County should be directed to the board’s office at (252) 492-3730 or (252) 492-1647. Questions in Granville County should be made by calling (919) 693-2515. The Warren County office number is (252) 257-2114.

Contact the writer at awooten@hendersondispatch.com.