THURSDAY UPDATE: 52 candidates have filed for Nov. election

With one day left to file for the Nov. 7 municipal election, 52 candidates have filed for local races throughout Johnston County. Of those who have filed, 24 candidates are from our coverage area.

In Kenly, Incumbent Mayor Bonnie Williamson filed Wednesday for the Nov. 6 municipal election. Williamson was appointed mayor by the Kenly Town Council when May0r David Grady resigned last year. She will face former Kenly policeman and disc jockey Terry Baker who filed on July 7.

Two new candidates filed Wednesday for the town council. Jackie Fisher, childcare director, Kenly Missionary Baptist Church, and Janna Rogerson, a Johnston County Public Schools teacher.

They join attorney Trinity Henderson who filed for the town council on July 7. There are two open council seats.

In Princeton, Rev. John Taylor Brantley has filed for the board of commissioners. There are two seats available on the board. Incumbent Commissioner Larry Withrow has filed but Mayor Pro-tem David Starling has yet to file for re-election. Mayor Don Rains has filed for re-election to his eighth term in office. So far, he has no opposition.

Brantley ran unsuccessfully against Rains in the 2015 election. Brantley is the vicar of the Holyrood Anglican Church in Princeton and works as an e-education consultant for Relias Learning

In Selma, historian and writer Eric Jackson filed Wednesday for town council. He joins Mayor Pro-tem Jackie Lacy, Councilman William Overby and challenger John Radford in the race for two council seats.

Election filing began Friday, July 7 at 12 p.m. and continues through Friday, July 21 at 12 p.m. Candidates must file at the Johnston Board of Elections office located at 205 S. Second St. in Smithfield.

Here’s the latest by region:

Kenly

Incumbent Mayor Bonnie Williamson filed Wednesday for the Nov. 6 municipal election. Williamson was appointed mayor by the Kenly Town Council when May0r David Grady resigned last year. She will face former Kenly policeman and disc jockey Terry Baker who filed on July 7.

Two new candidates filed Wednesday for the town council. Jackie Fisher, childcare director, Kenly Missionary Baptist Church, and Janna Rogerson, a Johnston County Public Schools teacher.

They join attorney Trinity Henderson who filed for the town council on July 7. There are two open council seats.

Micro

On Friday, July 14, four candidates filed.

Mayor Jay Warren filed for a second term as mayor. He is a locomotive engineer for CSX Transportation, Inc. in Raleigh.

Incumbent Town Commissioners Russell Creech and Jay Langston filed, along with challenger Kevin Worley.

Creech has served one term and is a general contractor for 21st Century Builders in Micro. Langston have served two terms and his occupation is BFS-Tech Service for Bridgestone Tire in Wilson.

On Monday, July 10, incumbent Town Commissioner Jimmy Garner filed for re-election. He has served six terms. He owns Jimmy’s Towing and Jimmy’s Used Cars in Pine Level.

Also on Monday, Town Commissioner Karen Anderson filed for re-election. a systems administrator for the Town of Raleigh, Anderson has served five terms.

Pine Level

On Friday, July 7, three candidates filed. Mayor Jeff Holt has filed for re-election. He is the owner of Airflow Products Co., Inc., of Selma.

Incumbent Town Commissioner and former Mayor Phil Pittman has filed for re-election to the council. He is retired and has served nine terms on the council and three terms as mayor.

Incumbent Town Commissioner Greg Baker has filed for re-election to the town council. He has served two terms. He is the associate director of environmental services at Johnston Health.

Princeton

Mayor Don Rains  has filed for re-election on Friday, July 7. He has served seven terms. He is the owner of Rains and Associates Insurance of Garner.

There are two seats on the Princeton Board of Commisisoners. On Monday, July 10, Town Commissioner Larry Withrow filed for re-election. Withrow, pastor, Outreach Church, Benson, has served four terms. Rev. John Taylor Brantley filed for the board of commissioners. Incumbent Mayor Pro-tem David Starling has yet to file for re-election.

Selma

In Selma, it’s a three-way match between Mayor Cheryl Oliver, Councilman Tommy Holmes and Walmart Assembler Timmy Strickland. Oliver and Overby filed Friday, July 7. Holmes filed Friday, July 14. Both Oliver and Holmes are retired. Holmes has two years left on his council seat.

Councilman William Overby withdrew from the mayor’s race on Monday, July 17 and refiled for another term on the town council.

Also on Monday, retired school counselor John Radford filed for the town council race. On Wednesday, historian and writer Eric Jackson filed for the town council race.

On Friday, July 7, Mayor Pro-tem Jackie Lacy filed for re-election. She is a retired educator.

There are four candidates running for two open town council seats.

 

 

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