At press-time, three people, all Republicans, had filed with the Stokes County Board of Elections to run in the March 15, 2016 primary elections.
Incumbent Kathy Young, of Danbury, has filed to run for re-election as the Register of Deeds.
Dennis Robinson, of King, has filed to run for one of two Board of County Commissioners seats currently held by Jimmy Walker and Leon Inman.
Robinson has lived in the county for 41 years and is currently working as a consultant after retiring from 38 years of service at Baptist Hospital where he was director of support services.
“I have grandchildren in the schools and am very concerned about what is going on there,” he said. “I am hoping we can get some more positive things done in Stokes County.”
Robinson said he supported improving internet access for the schools and working to help meet the school system’s capital needs.
“I am definitely concerned about what we are having to do with the emergency care here in King,” he added, noting that he also supported plans to expand the county jail.
Kyle Hall has filed to run for re-election to the 91st District North Carolina House of Representatives seat he was just recently appointed to. The seat had previously been held by Bryan Holloway who resigned from the position in October to pursue a position with the North Carolina School Board Association.
The state legislature voted to move the primaries from May to March earlier this year to try to help the state garner more influence in the presidential race.
“Essentially the primary that has traditionally been held in North Carolina in May of even-numbered years will take place in March next year,” said Stokes County Board of Elections Director Jason Perry. “Until it was changed in late September, the law called for a first Primary in May 2016 (for governor, county offices, etc.) and a Presidential Preference Primary earlier in the year. Those two elections have been consolidated now.”
Filing for the March primary began on Dec. 1 and will end at noon on Monday, Dec. 21. Three local seats, the Register of Deeds and two county commissioners seats will be on the ballot.
“Other candidates who would file for office at the elections office in Danbury would be those for state House and state Senate, if those candidates live in Stokes,” said Perry, noting that only a Stokes County resident would come to Danbury to file. “If Shirley Randleman files for re-election for state Senate, as a resident of Wilkes County she would go to the elections office there.”
Sen. Randleman did file for re-election to the 30th District North Carolina Senate seat in Wilkes County.
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