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Filing For May 8 Primary Begins This Monday

 

February 8, 2018



Filing for the May 8 primaries, which include races for county commissioner, school board and sheriff, begins at noon, Monday.

The filing period ends at noon, Wednesday, Feb. 28.

Filing for the following contests takes place at the Transylvania County Board of Elections, located at 150 S. Gaston St. in Brevard:

•Board of County Commissioners — four-year terms of Larry Chapman and Kelvin Phillips, both Republicans, are coming to an end. Chapman has announced he will not seek another term in office. Phillips has not responded to what his plans are as of going to press.

The filing fee for the board is $92.

•School board seats — four-year terms of Marty Griffin and Betty Scruggs McGaha are ending. McGaha has announced she will not seek re-election (see related story). Griffin said he will know Feb. 12. The filing fee for the school board seats is $24.

•Clerk of Superior Court — the four-term of the acting clerk, Kristi Brown, comes to an end. The filing fee for clerk is $892.

•Sheriff — the four-year term of David Mahoney, a Republican, ends. Mahoney will seek another term in office. The filing fee for sheriff is $797.

•N.C. Senate District 48 — two-year term will end for N.C. Sen. Chuck Edwards, a Republican. Edwards will seek another term. Norm Bossert has announced he will seek the Democratic Party nomination.

•N.C. House District 113 — two-year term will end for Cody Henson, who plans to seek another term. Sam Edney has announced he will seek the Democratic Party nomination. Both state seats require a $207 filing fee.

School Board Now Partisan

In previous articles in The Transylvania Times, it has been incorrectly reported that the upcoming elections for the Transylvania County Board of Education would be partisan for the first time.

Elections for the Transylvania County Board of Education have been, in fact, nonpartisan and partisan at different times over the years.

Tracie Fisher, the local Board of Elections director, helped provide the following information.

In 1975, House Bill 439 made the nomination and election of Transylvania County school board members in the county to be elected in a partisan primary.

In 1993, House Bill 819 was approved for Transylvania County school board members to be elected in a nonpartisan primary.

In 1995, House Bill 508 changed the nonpartisan election of Transylvania County school board members from the date of the primary to the general election date.

In 2015, former N.C. Rep. Chris Whitmire, who represented District 113, which includes Transylvania, sponsored House Bill 1133, which changed the Transylvania County school board from nonpartisan to partisan, requiring candidates to file for the May 8 primary.

As previously reported, Whitmire’s successor in District 113, N.C. Rep. Cody Henson, sponsored legislation to return the school board elections to nonpartisan. The bill failed as it never made its way out of committee.

Important Dates

The local Board of Elections also issued the following “important dates,” which are subject to change because of N.C. General Assembly legislation:

•Absentee by mail voting begins March 19.

•Voter registration deadline is April 13.

•One-stop early voting begins April 19.

•Deadline for absentee by mail requests is 5 p.m., May 1.

•One-stop early voting ends at 1 p.m., May 5.

•Absentee ballots must be received or postmarked by 5 p.m., May 8.

•Official canvass meeting is 11 a.m., May 18.

•Judicial offices filing period is noon, June 18, to noon, June 29.

•Soil & Water Conservation District Board filing period (filing fee: $5) is noon, June 11, to noon, July 6.

•General election is Nov. 4.

For more information, call (828) 884-3114 or go to http://www.transylvaniaelections.org

 
 

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