As of Tuesday afternoon only two candidates had filed to run in the fall municipal elections.
In King, Thomas Enterline has filed to run for one of two open city council seats.
In Walnut Cove Sandra Hazelwood has filed for one of two open town commission seats.
The filing for municipal elections started on July 6 and is open until noon on July 17.
Stokes County Board of Elections Director Jason Perry said he was not surprised there was not a flurry of candidates showing up as soon as the filling period began, noting that there does not seem to be a set filling pattern from year to year.
“In 2013, there were six incumbents on the ballot across the three municipalities,” he said. “The filing period was July 5 to July 19. Incumbents filed on July 5, July 12, July 15, July 17, and two on July 18.”
In Danbury, the office if mayor, currently held by Janet Whitt, and two council seats held by Gary East and Steve Shelton will be on the November ballot. The mayor’s seat is a two year term and the council seats are four year terms.
In Walnut Cove, the office of mayor, held by Lynn Lewis, and two commissioner’s seats held by Kim Lewis and Elwood Mabe will be on the November ballot. The mayor’s seat is a two year term and the commissioners seats are four year terms.
In King, the office of mayor, held by Jack Warren, and two council seats held by Dillard Burnette and Brian Carico will be on the November ballot. In King, all seats are elected for a four year term.
At press time no incumbents had filed for reelection.
Weekday office hours at the Board of Elections are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Eligible candidates must be at least 21 years old, and eligible, based on registration and residency, to vote for the office which he or she seeks (i.e., a King mayoral candidate must reside within the city limits of King and therefore be eligible to vote in a King municipal election).
If previously convicted of a felony, the candidate has to have served the full probation/parole sentence.
While most of the City of King is in Stokes County, a portion is in Forsyth County.
If a registered voter lives in the City of King and Forsyth County and would like to run for mayor or city council, that voter would go to the Forsyth County Board of Elections office in order to file.
The Forsyth County Board of Elections is located at: 201 North Chestnut Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101
The Forsyth County office can be contacted at 336-703-2800.
Please note that, while such an individual filing for municipal office would go to Forsyth County, voters on Election Day will – as in the past – come to a polling place in Stokes County. Information on this will be mailed to affected voters later this year.
If a prospective candidate lives in the City of King and Stokes County, that individual would come to the Stokes County Board of Elections office in Danbury to file.
Nicholas Elmes may be reached at 336-591-8191 or on Twitter @NicholasElmes.