The filing period for municipal elections in Moore County opens at noon Friday, with 32 seats on town boards and councils up for grabs.
Six of the county’s 11 municipalities will also be electing mayors: Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen, Carthage, Robbins and Vass. The county’s two largest municipalities will have new mayors come November.
Pinehurst Mayor Nancy Fiorillo and Southern Pines Mayor David McNeill have previously announced that they will not be seeking re-election to third terms. Both were first elected to those posts in 2011 and re-elected four years later. Fiorillo had served two years on council before giving up the seat after she was elected mayor.
Pinehurst, the county’s largest municipality, will see a shift in the balance of power with three new faces coming aboard.
Current Mayor Pro-Tem John Bouldry has already announced that he will not seek a second term. Jack Farrell, who was appointed to serve out the last year of John Cashion’s term, has also decided not to run for the seat. The mayor and council members serve four-year terms.
In Southern Pines, current council member Carol Haney has announced that she plans to run for mayor rather than her current seat. She was initially appointed to the council in October 2016, filling the seat left vacant after longtime council member and former mayor Mike Fields resigned.
Haney won election the following year and was the top vote-getter. She is the widow of former mayor and council member Mike Haney, who died in 2016.
Should she win, the new council will have to appoint someone to serve the last two years of her council term. And it would also be historic — the Haneys would be the first husband and wife in Moore County to be elected to the same post.
In addition to mayor, two seats on the Town Council currently held by Jim Simeon and Paul Murphy are up for election. Murphy was appointed last November to serve the final year of longtime council member Fred Walden’s term after he died.
In Aberdeen, Mayor Robbie Farrell has already announced that he plans to seek re-election to a fourth term. He was first elected to the post in 2013 after serving many years on the Town Board.
Three seats on the five-member Town Board are up for election. Two of the seats are currently held by Elease Goodwin and Jim Thomas. The third was held by Ken Byrd, who died unexpectedly June 26 at his home. He had just announced two nights earlier at the Town Board meeting that he would not seek re-election to a second term.
Voters in Whispering Pines will also be electing a majority to their five-member Village Council — two seats for full four-year terms and two seats with two-year unexpired terms.
The lone member of council whose seat is not up for election this year is held by longtime member Bob Zschoche, whose term runs through 2021.
Among the county’s other towns:
* Carthage — Mayor (currently Lee McGraw) and two town commissioner seats now held by Marc Phillips and George Wilson.
* Robbins — Mayor (currently Lonnie English) and two town commissioner seats now held by Brandon Phillips and Kevin Stewart.
* Vass — Mayor (currently Eddie Callahan Jr.) and three town commissioner seats now held by JR Blackwell, Matthew Callahan and Alphonso Mosley Jr.
* Pinebluff — Three Town Board seats with full four-year terms now held by Joyce Bennett, Cecilia McLamb and George “Skip” Ruedeman. One seat to fill two years of an unexpired term now held by George Stone, who was appointed to replace Dianne Wilder until the next election.
* Cameron — Three Town Board seats with four-year terms now held by Virginia Bauerband, Mark Hildreth and David Sieiberling; and one seat with a two-year unexpired term now held by Peter Zubay.
* Taylortown — Five seats on Town Council now held by Ulysses Barrett Jr. (currently mayor), Eddie Lloyd, Mitchell Ratliff, Marvin Taylor and James Thompson. The council elects the mayor from its members.
* Foxfire Village — Two seats on Village Council now held by Donald Boito and Jon Sadlak.
The filing period ends at noon on July 19.
Contact David Sinclair at (910) 693-2462 or firstname.lastname@example.org