While officials with three Yadkin towns have requested permission from state legislators to move their odd-year municipal elections to even years, no change has been approved at the state level, so local election officials will be handling odd-year elections as normal business until they hear differently.
Filing will open for seats in all four of Yadkin County’s municipalities on July 7 at noon and will end on July 21 at noon.
“Boonville, Jonesville and East Bend have filed bills to get those [odd-year elections] moved to even years. The bill has passed the House and once in the Senate, but it’s still at the point where it’s not been changed officially,” said Elaine Barnes, director of the Yadkin County Board of Elections.
Also, the state has a bill of its own that’s been introduced that would change the end date for the filing period, but it’s not been approved by legislators yet either, she said.
Seats up for grabs this year include:
• Boonville — the mayor seat, held by Rusty Hunter IV, and two commissioners seats, held by Gerald Brown and Bonnie Bovender Lasky.
• East Bend — the mayor seat, held by Archie Hicks, and three commissioners seats, held by Mae Luffman, Wanda Johnson and George Burns.
• Jonesville — the mayor seat, held by Gene Pardue; two council member seats, held by Andy Green and Anita Darnell; and one unexpired seat with a term ending in 2019 for the seat left open when Councilwoman Judy Wolfe died.
• Yadkinville — the mayor seat, held by Eddie Norman, and two commissioners seats, held by Scott Winebarger and Chris Matthews, who was appointed to fill the remainder of a term that ends in 2017.
All municipal elections will be nonpartisan, which means party affiliation will not be taken into account. Filing fees for the seats will be $5.
Voter registration to participate in the Nov. 7 election will end Oct. 13 at 5 p.m. Polls will be open on Nov. 7 from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. There will be no absentee by mail or one-stop early voting for these elections.
Polling sites for the town elections are Boonville Fire Department, 207 S. Carolina Ave., Boonville, for the Boonville precinct; Yadkin Valley Senior Center, 121 Delos Martin Drive, Jonesville, for the Jonesville precinct; East Bend Senior Center, 473 E. Main St., East Bend, for the East Bend precinct; and Yadkinville Senior Center, 207 E. Hemlock St., Yadkinville, for the Yadkinville precinct.
If changes are made to election years or the filing period dates, the Yadkin Board of Elections will notify the public.
To file as a candidate or register as a voter, visit the elections office in the Planning, Permitting and Elections Building in Yadkinville Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For questions, call 336-849-7907.
Wendy Byerly Wood may be reached at 336-258-4035 or on Twitter @wendywoodeditor.