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by Carrie C. Causey
For those wanting to make a change in their town and government or those wishing for new faces on commissioner boards, the filing date for municipal elections is just around the corner.
Beginning July 5 at noon through July 19 at noon, residents can file for candidacy in the mayoral and commissioner races in their jurisdiction.
The primary will be held Sept. 10 for partisan municipal elections and Oct. 8 for non-partisan primaries and elections with a runoff.
Election day is Nov. 5.
Forms needed for candidate filings are available on the N.C. State Board of Elections website, ncsbe.gov, the Wake County election website wakegov.com/elections, or the Franklin County Board of Elections site, franklincountync.us/services/board-of-elections.
Needed forms include the notice of candidacy, and ones for candidate felony disclosure and campaign finance. Information regarding campaign signs, treasurer certification training and other needed materials are also available on the state and Wake County websites.
For those filing in Wake County, candidates should go to the Waverly F. Akins Wake County Office Building, 337 S. Salisbury St., Suite G-2, Raleigh.
Those filing in Franklin County should go to the Franklin County Board of Elections, 107 Industrial Drive, Louisburg.
The following elected officials, listed by jurisdiction, finish their term this year:
Bunn: Mayor Marsha Strawbridge, commissioners Charlene Clay and Margie Winstead
Centerville: Mayor Margaret J. Nelms, town council members Amy Denton, Rex Foster and Henry A. Nelms
Franklinton: Commissioners Al Barbour, John Allers and Arthur Wright
Louisburg: Mayor Karl T. Pernell, town councilors Joseph W. Shearon, Boyd Sturges and Fred Hight Jr.
Raleigh: Mayor Nancy McFarlane, council members Randall Stagner, John Odom, Eugene Weeks, Thomas Crowder, Bonner Gaylord, Mary-Ann Baldwin and Russ Stephenson.
Rolesville: Commissioners Ronnie Currin, Frank Hodge and Betty Whitaker.
Wake County Board of Education: District 1, Tom Benton; District 2, John Tedesco; District 7, Deborah Prickett and District 9, Bill Fletcher
Wake Forest: Mayor Vivian Jones, commissioners Frank Drake and Margaret Stinnett
Youngsville: Mayor Samuel Hardwick, commissioners Marvin Roberts, Cat Redd and Leelan Woodlief
Contenders have already started coming out of the woodwork in Franklin County for the spot of county sheriff. But that election is another year off — Jerry Jones keeps his position through 2014.