Seven more candidates file; filing period ends Friday
The next-to-last day of filing for municipal elections was a busy one in Caldwell County, with seven people filing for local offices and one former mayor filing to retake the office.
Bobby Austin, 81, filed to run for mayor of Sawmills. Austin, who retired from the U.S. Army, served as the town's mayor prior to Bob Gibbs, the current mayor, who has served since 2010. Austin also previously served on the town council.
David Irvin, 61, filed for election to the Hudson Board of Commissioners. Irvin is retired and has not previously served in an elected office.
Kevin Story, 34, filed for election to the Gamewell Town Council. Story is a firefighter and has not previously served in an elected office.
Bradley Bell, 24, filed for election to the Granite Falls Town Council. Bell is a managing partner at City BBQ in Granite Falls and has not previously served in an elected office.
Three candidates filed for election to the Village of Cedar Rock Council. Rose W. Reighard is retired and has previously served on the council. Sharon Schmidt is a Realtor and currently serves on the council. William R. Johnson is retired and currently serves on the council.
The filing period ends today at noon. The following candidates whose terms are ending have not yet filed:
- Lenoir: Councilman Lewis Price
- Granite Falls: Councilman Max McRary
- Cedar Rock: Councilman Howard Edwards
- Gamewell: Councilman Dennis Mackie
- Hudson: Mayor Bill Beane and Commissioner Skip Downs
- Cajah’s Mountain: Council member Lois Andes
Candidates can file at the Caldwell County Board of Elections office in the Alden E. Starnes Administration Building in downtown Lenoir. The filing fee is $5 and should be paid in cash. Candidates for mayor or council must be residents of the municipality in which they are running.