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Hoffman's Anderson only candidate to file Thursday

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ROCKINGHAM — Only one candidate filed for the upcoming municipal elections on Thursday.

Ricardo “Ricky” Anderson of Hoffman made his way to the Richmond County Board of Elections, filled out his paperwork and paid his fee, according to Elections Director Connie Kelly.

Anderson is the third council member from Hoffman to file for the election. Daniel Kelly and Rory K. Jones both filed on Wednesday.

Mayor Tommy Hart also filed earlier this week.

The only council members who have yet to file are Cynthia Northcutt and John Taylor. Both waited until the final two days of the 2019 filing period.

All seats in Hoffman are up for reelection, as that town has two-year, non-staggered terms.

Since filing opened July 2, the only candidates not currently holding an office to sign up for the ballot are Thomas R. Grooms and Bennett Hawks — both of whom are vying for a spot on the Ellerbe town board.

The seats up for grabs in Ellerbe are currently held by Mayor Fred Cloninger and council members Jean Fletcher, Elsie Freeman, Archie Robinson and John Sears Jr. — none of whom have filed.

Sears was appointed to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Joe Grooms. Because of election rules, Sears will have to run again to continue to fill out the four-year term.

All four candidates for Rockingham — Mayor Steve Morris and council members Anne Edwards Denise Sullivan and Gene Willard — have filed, with no competition thus far. Morris, Sullivan and Willard filed July 2 and Edwards filed July 6, according to election records.

The top two vote-getters in the council election will have a four-year term and the third-highest will serve a two-year term.

Hamlet councilmen Jesse McQueen and Eddie Martin, as well as Mayor Bill Bayless, have also filed to retain their seats.

With two seats opening on the Dobbins Heights Town Council, Angeline David is the only candidate to file. The seat held by Mayor Pro Tem Tyré Holloway is also up for reelection.

The Dobbins Heights election is Oct. 5 and the elections for Rockingham, Hamlet, Ellerbe and Hoffman will be Nov. 2.

Filing fees are as follows:

  • $30 - Hamlet mayor
  • $10 - Rockingham mayor, Rockingham City Council, Hamlet City Council, Ellerbe Mayor, Ellerbe Town Commission
  • $5 - Dobbins Height Town Council, Hoffman mayor, Hoffman City Council

Filing ends at noon July 16.