Two file for office on final day

5 running for 2 Caldwell County commissioner seats
Mar. 02, 2014 @ 10:09 AM

There will be five candidates in the Republican primary for two seats on the Caldwell County Board of Commissioners.

Someone also filed on Friday, the final day of candidate filing, to run against the incumbent clerk of Superior Court in the general election in November.

Randall Dexter “Cotton” Winkler, 58, of Lenoir filed to run on Friday for the board of commissioners. Chris Barlowe and Mike LaBrose are the incumbents. Also running

in the Republican primary are Donnie Potter, a former member of the Sawmills Town Council, and former county commissioner Ben Griffin. No Democrats filed in the race.

Also on Friday Lenoir attorney James Fleischer filed to run for Caldwell County Clerk of Superior Court. Fleischer, 33, will run as a Republican against incumbent Kimberly Clark, running as a Democrat, in the November general election. Clark, 52, of Lenoir, took office last year after the retirement of Sandie Cannon, and is running for her first full term.

Neither Winkler nor Fleischer could be reached for comment for this story.