Candidates have until noon today to file for municipal offices in Cumberland County, according to the Board of Elections.
As the filing period neared its end Thursday, two more challengers emerged for the District 2 Fayetteville City Council seat; the Hope Mills commissioners race gained two hopefuls; and a challenger filed to become mayor of Spring Lake.
Gail Morfesis and Larry Marshall filed Thursday to challenge incumbent City Councilwoman Shakeyla Ingram in District 2. They join challengers Laura Rodrigues Mussler and Janene (Dublin) Ackles, who filed for the office previously.
In the Hope Mills Board of Commissioners race, Ronald Starling and Patrick Mitchell joined the field. Other contenders include challengers Ronnie Strong, Pat Edwards, Mark Hess, Deanna L. Rosario, H. Elyse Craver and Karen Smith Saracen, as well as incumbents Bryan A. Marley, Kenjuana McCray, Jerry Legge, Grilley Mitchell and Joanne Scarola.
Fredricka Sutherland filed Thursday to challenge Spring Lake Mayor Kia Anthony, according to the Board of Elections.
Wade Commissioner George E. Strater on Thursday joined Commissioner Johnny Lanthorn in a bid to succeed Mayor Joe Dixon.
Challenger Ralph A. Vogt filed for a seat on the Stedman Board of Commissioners.
Three candidates have filed to be Fayetteville’s next mayor, with a fourth saying that he will file Friday. Incumbent Mitch Colvin is being challenged by Freddie de la Cruz and Quancidine Hinson-Gribble. Charles Evans, a former member of the City Council and Cumberland County Board of Commissioners, said in a news release Tuesday evening that he will file as a candidate for mayor on Friday.
In several City Council districts, the incumbents have filed to retain their seats while challengers have emerged in two districts. They are:
Dani Osborne filed for a seat on the Cumberland-Eastover Sanitary District board on Tuesday.
In the Hope Mills Board of Commissioners race, candidates include challengers Ronnie Strong, Pat Edwards, Mark Hess, Deanna L. Rosario, H. Elyse Craver, Karen Smith Saracen, Ronald Starling and Patrick Mitchell, as well as incumbents Bryan A. Marley, Kenjuana McCray, Jerry Legge, Grilley Mitchell and Joanne Scarola.
Incumbent Mayor Jackie Warner faces challenger Jessie Bellflowers, who served on the Board of Commissioners from 2017 to 2021.
The filings in other Cumberland County municipalities include:
Candidates can file for all municipal elections through noon July 21, according to the Board of Elections.
The city of Fayetteville primary is scheduled Oct. 10, and the general election for all municipalities is Nov. 7.
Municipal offices that will be on the ballot include:
Anyone who is registered to vote in the contest in which they would run can file a candidacy. Voters do not have to belong to a political party to run for municipal office.
The only other eligibility requirement is to be 21 or older on Election Day. Any candidate who has been convicted of a felony must also disclose that information when filing for office.
To file a candidacy, candidates must complete a notice of candidacy form at the Cumberland County Board of Elections in the E. Newton Smith Center at 227 Fountainhead Lane. Alternatively, candidates can have the form notarized and delivered to the Board of Elections office.
Additional information about candidate petitions is available at https://www.ncsbe.gov/candidates/petitions.
Prospective candidates can find more information and forms by visiting the Board of Elections website at Board of Elections website.
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