Election filing began for municipal elections for the town of Yadkinville on July 7 at noon, and as of Tuesday, one incumbent had filed his intent to run for re-election. A new bill passed recently that postpones the municipal elections for Boonville, East Bend and Jonesville to 2018.
Officials with the three towns requested permission from state legislators to move their odd-year municipal elections to even years and have been awaiting word on state approval of the request. The move will save the towns the additionally funding required to hold a local election since they will now coordinate with state and federal elections. All seats that were up this year for the three municipalities will hold over until the 2018 general election, and all seats that are to be up in 2019 will be held in 2020, according to the Yadkin County Board of Elections.
The town of Yadkinville will remain on the odd-numbered year at this time, with the election to be held Nov. 7 as scheduled. Open seats in Yadkinville this year are the mayoral 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.
As of press time on Tuesday, the Board of Elections office reported that Mayor Eddie Norman had filed to run for reelection to his seat.
The filing period will run until July 21 at noon. Municipal elections are nonpartisan, which means party affiliation will not be taken into account. Filing fees for the seats are $5.
Municipal seats up for election in 2018 are as follows:
• 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.
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 the election.
The polling site will be at the Yadkinville Senior Center, 207 E. Hemlock St., Yadkinville.
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.