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File photo, voting at the Moore County Agricultural Center in Carthage. Ted Fitzgerald/The Pilot

Following a slump in activity earlier in the week, the Moore County elections office has seen a steady stream of new candidates coming in to file.

Aberdeen Town Commissioner Elease Goodwin has filed for re-election, joining Bryan Bowles and Teressa Beavers on the ballot for one of three open commissioner seats. Aberdeen Mayor Robbie Farrell is also seeking re-election to a third term of office.

On Friday, Lisa Chapman filed for one of three open commissioner seats in Cameron.

Mike Cole also filed this week for one of two open council seats in Foxfire Village.

Incumbent George Stone and Mike Thomas have filed, joining incumbent Skip Ruedeman on the ballot for one of three open commissioner seats in Pinebluff.

Of the six towns or villages where voters directly elect their mayors, Robbins is the only one that has not attracted any candidates. Incumbent Lonnie English has been non-committal on whether he will seek re-election.

Incumbent Brandon Phillips and Cameron Dockery have filed for one of two open commissioners seats in Robbins.

Previously, former Pinehurst council member John Strickland filed for mayor of Pinehurst. So far, political newcomer Jane Hogeman is the only candidate to file for one of two council seats.

The Rev. Dr. Paul Murphy, who was appointed to serve on the Southern Pines Town Council last fall, has filed his intent to run for one of two open council member seats in Southern Pines. He will be joined on the ballot by Bill Pate, who filed on Wednesday.

Southern Pines Council Member Carol Haney is seeking election to the mayoral seat and remains unchallenged. If she is elected, the Town Council would fill her seat by appointment.

Taylortown Mayor Ulysses Barrett Jr. has filed for re-election, and will be joined on the ballot by fellow incumbents Eddie Lloyd, Mitchell Ratliff, Marvin Taylor and James Thompson; and newcomer Bridget Cotton.

Also this week filing this week is Alexa Roberts for one of two four-year term open commissioner seats in Whispering Pines. She will be joined on the ballot by Glenn Bernhard, and also Ian Duke, Dean Kalles and Matthew Martin, who have filed for one of two unexpired two-year term open commissioner seats in Whispering Pines.

Carthage Town Commissioners Jimmy Challflinch and George Wilson Jr. are both in the running for mayor of Carthage. They will be joined on the ballot by Dan Bonillo and Dustin Smith, who are seeking one of two open commissioner seats.

Vass Mayor Eddie Callahan is seeking re-election and will be joined on the ballot by challenger Angela Vacek. Incumbent JR Blackwell and Matthew Callahan have also filed for re-election to one of three open commissioner seats.

In total, 32 seats on local boards will be up for grabs in this year’s municipal election. The official filing period runs to noon on July 19.

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