Ballots take shape as filing continues

Feb. 12, 2014 @ 08:25 AM

No candidates filed Tuesday for Caldwell County offices in the 2014 election.

Republicans Mark Harris of Raleigh and Ted Alexander of Shelby filed at the State Board of Elections in Raleigh on Monday to run for their party’s nomination for the U.S. Senate.

Also Monday, Democrat Keith Ruehl of Barnardsville filed in Raleigh to run for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 11th District, which includes Caldwell County. The incumbent Republican in the 11th District, Mark Meadows, filed Tuesday.

Democrat Josh Brannon of Vilas filed in Raleigh on Monday to run for the state Senate in the 45th District, which includes Caldwell County.

Also on Monday, two of the Republicans who have publicly said they will run district attorney in the 25th Prosecutorial District filed in Raleigh: incumbent Jay Gaither of Hickory and challenger David Learner of Morganton. The district covers Caldwell, Catawba and Burke counties.

One candidate each had filed by 2 p.m. Tuesday to run for the seven District Court judge positions in the 25th District: incumbents Sherri Elliott, Mark Killian, Amy Walker and Robert Mullinax have filed to run for re-election, and Clifton Smith, who was appointed to replace Suzanne Owsley after she retired, filed to run for a full term. Wes W. Barkley, a Newton lawyer, is running to run for incumbent Robert Brady’s seat; and F. Wesley Sigmon, a Denver, N.C. lawyer, filed to run for incumbent Gregory Hayes’ seat.