Friday, 05 July 2019 19:06

8 file opening day for municipal elections

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ROCKINGHAM — Eight candidates on Friday filed for this fall’s municipal elections.

Of those, all but two are current office holders, according to the Richmond County Board of Elections.

Adrian Robson, who announced his intention to run several months back, filed for the Norman mayoral race. Current Mayor Kenneth Broadway has said he doesn’t plan to run again.

Terry Moore is one of three candidates to file for Hamlet City Council. The other two, Maurice Stuart and Joseph Robinson, were appointed this year to fill out the remainder of the terms after David Lindsay and Johnathon Buie resigned.

Hamlet Mayor Bill Bayless also filed to run again.

Ellerbe councilman Fred Cloninger submitted his paperwork — but not for his current seat.

Cloninger is running for mayor this time around.

Current Mayor Lee Berry told the RO on Friday that he will not seek re-election due to having “a full plate” and wanting to give someone else a turn.

Berry is also considering running for county commissioner in 2020 to give the northern end of the county a voice.

The only other candidates to file on opening day were Dobbins Heights Mayor Antonio Blue and Rockingham Councilman John Hutchinson.

The following candidates’ (or their positions) are also up for re-election this year:

  • Rockingham - Mayor Steve Morris; Council members Bennett Deane and Anne Edwards
  • Hamlet - Wendy Massagee
  • Ellerbe - Council members Elsie Freeman and Jeremy McKenzie
  • Norman - Council members Tonia Collins, Stephen Cranford and Cynthia Ingram
  • Dobbins Heights - Council members Barbara Young and Mary Ann Gibson
  • Hoffman - Mayor Tommy Hart; Council members Ricarrdo Anderson, Rory Kevin Jones, Daniel Kelly, Cynthia Northcutt and John Taylor.

Filing fees are as follows:

  • Rockingham mayor/ city council - $10
  • Hamlet mayor - $30
  • Hamlet City Council - $10
  • Ellerbe mayor/town commissioner - $10
  • Norman, Dobbins Heights, Hoffman all seats - $5

Filing ends at noon Friday, July, 19.


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