Election filing is over: 65 Johnston County candidates prepare for Nov. 6

Election filing for the Nov. 6 municipal election ended Friday. There are 65 candidates who have filed for races throughout Johnston County.

Of those 65 candidates, 30 candidates have filed for races in Kenly, Micro, Pine Level, Princeton and Selma. In the Kenly and Selma mayoral races, incumbents are facing challenges.

In Kenly, six candidates are vying for two town council seats. In Princeton, three candidates are seeking two board of commissioner seats. There are five candidates competing for two town council seats in Selma. In Micro and Pine Level, the incumbents were unopposed.

Here’s the fall preview:


Incumbent Mayor Bonnie Williamson, appointed last year when former Mayor David Grady resigned, is seeking her first elected term. Williamson, floor plan coordinator, Manheim, is facing a challenge from former Kenly police officer and disc jockey Terry Baker and Kenly Hardware owner Wade Troutman, Jr.

Running for two open town council seats are: Jackie Fisher, childcare director, Kenly Missionary Baptist Church; Trinity Henderson, member, Henderson Wall Law Firm; Shane Lawhorn, lineman, Duke Energy; Richard Alton Mitchell, product specialist Camping World; Janna Rogerson, teacher, Princeton Elementary School and Mark Smith, self-employed, Flowcon Inc.


Incumbent Mayor Cheryl Oliver, retired, seeking her fourth term, is facing a challenge from Councilman Tommy Holmes, also retired, and Timmy Strickland, a Walmart employee.

In the town council race, Councilman William Overby withdrew from the mayor’s race when Holmes entered and refiled for his council seat. Also up for re-election is Mayor Pro Tem Jackie Lacy.

Overby and Lacy are being challenged for their seats by Eric Jackson, a historian and writer; John Radford, a retired school counselor and Ann Williams, former Johnson County Schools associate superintendent and chairman, Selma Civic Center Committee.


Mayor Don Rains is unopposed for another term. He has served as mayor since 2001.

In the board of commissioners race, Mayor Pro Tem David Starling is not seeking re-election. The candidates for two board seats are incumbent Board Member Larry Withrow, pastor, Outreach Church, Benson; the Rev. John Taylor Brantley, vicar, Holyrood Anglican Church, Princeton and Susan P. Watson, co-owner, Parrish Funeral Home, Selma.


In Micro, all incumbents were unopposed. Mayor Jay Warren will get a second term in office. He’s a locomotive engineer for CSX Transportation in Raleigh.

Town Commissioner Russell Creech, a general contractor for 21st Century Builders in Micro, will get a second term. Jay Langston, BFS-Tech Service, Bridgestone, Wilson, will serve for a third term. Kevin Worley, a locksmith, K.W. Locksmith, Micro, was elected to his first term on the board.

Pine Level

Mayor Jeff Holt, owner, Airflow Products Co., was unopposed for another term in office. Also unopposed were council members Karen Anderson, systems administrator, City of Raleigh, who will receive a sixth term in office; Greg Baker, associate director of Environmental Service, Johnston Health, receiving his third term; Jimmy Garner, owner, Jimmy’s Towing and Jimmy’s Used Cars, Pine Level, who will serve a seventh term and Phil Pittman, retired, who will serve his tenth term on the town council. He is also a former three-term mayor.



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