Jason Munday (on right), a former detective with the Lincolnton Police Department, filed Friday to run for Sheriff. He becomes the fourth GOP candidate to succeed David Carpenter, who is retiring. Munday has said he will make former detective Brent Heavner (left) his Chief Deputy if elected.
Like several other candidates, Jason Munday was accompanied by friends and supporters when he paid his filing fee late Friday afternoon.
Wayne Howard Staff Writer
State representative Jason Saine and Sheriff candidate Jason Munday filed at the Lincoln County Elections Office Friday (Feb. 16th), the latest candidates to file since the filing period opened on Monday (Feb. 12th).
So far, Saine has no announced opposition in his bid for re-election to the NC House representing Lincoln County (District 97).
Munday is the fourth candidate to file for the GOP nomination for Sheriff. Bill Beam and Tim Johnson filed Monday; Jon Propst, Thursday.
Dr. David Curtis has two opponents for the GOP nomination for his 44th district seat in the NC Senate. Ted Alexander, a former Shelby mayor, and Martin Oakes, Lincoln County Commissioner, have also filed to represent the district that includes all of Lincoln and Cleveland counties and two precincts in eastern Gaston County.
Congressman Patrick McHenry has filed for re-election to the 10 District seat in Congress. He has an opponent in the Republican primary. Gina Collias, a Kings Mountain attorney, also filed this week. David Wilson Brown of McAdenville is so far the only Democratic candidate for the seat.
Incumbent Danny Hester is so far the only candidate for Register of Deeds. His daughter, Heather Job, has filed to oppose Fred Hatley, who is seeking his 5th term as Clerk of Court in the GOP primary. One Democrat, Franklin Lowery, has filed for the Democratic nomination for that post. Job worked in the Clerk of Court's office before leaving to start her own business. Bishop Lowery, who is pastor of Gold Hill Missionary Baptist Church, has experience as a magistrate.
Three GOP candidates have filed for the two County Commission seats up for election this year. Christine Poinsette, Milton Sigmon, and George Mull III will be joined by Raye Watson-Smyth who will file Monday.
For the City of Lincolnton election, Mayor Ed Hatley and Councilman Dr. Martin Eaddy have filed for re-election. Mary Frances White, who lost a close race to the late Devin Rhyne, has filed for the Ward I seat currently held by Tim Smith. Smith is finishing out Rhyne's unexpired term and will not seek re-election. Former City Police Sargeant. and School Resource Officer Willie Vaughn also filed for that seat. For the Ward II seat currently held by former mayor David Black, Dr. Jim Watson is so far the only candidate. Black was chosen to fill out the unexpired term of Dr. John "Les" Cloninger when he retired because of illness (he has fully recovered). Black chose not to seek re-election to the post. Watson, like Eaddy, is a former Supertendent of Lincoln County Schools. He's currently the chairman of the Board of Trustees of Gaston College and of the board of LEDA (Lincoln Economic Development Association).
In Catawba County, one Democrat and three Republicans have filed for the District 42 NC Senate seat currently held by Andy Wells. He has filed for re-election and will be opposed in the GOP primary by Mark Hollo and Dustin Long. Hollo served in the NC House for two terms. He is a doctor from Conover. Long is a young engineer from Stony Point. For the Democratic nomination, there's only one candidate so far. Ric Vandett, former Hickory City Schools Superintendent will seek his party's nomination for the NC Senate.
For North Carolina House Seat 96, Jay Adams will be seeking his third term. In the GOP primary, he'll be opposed by Taylor Huffman. Design consultant Kim Bost has filed as the only Democratic candidate.
Mitchell Setzer, a Republican, is so far the only candidate for the District 89 seat in the NC House. He was first elected to that seat in 2002 after serving two terms representing District 43 before a realignment of districts.
Virginia Foxx has filed for re-election representing Congressional District 5 which includes a small part of Catawba County. So far, she has no opponent for the GOP nomination, but one Forsyth County resident has filed for the Democrats: Jenny Marshall; and D.D. Adams has said she will also file.
For District Attorney in District 36, David Learner of Morganton has filed for re-election. He'll be opposed in the GOP primary by Conover attorney Scott Reilly.
For Catawba County Commissioner, the seats currently held by Randy Isenhower, Kitty Barnes and Sherry Butler are up for election this year. Butler has filed for re-election. Derek Colson of Catawba has filed to oppose her in the GOP primary. Two Democrats, Laci LeBlanc and Michelle Morgan, have filed.
Former courtroom clerk and member of the Catawba County School Board Cathy Starnes has filed to oppose Kim Sigmon, who is seeking re-election as Clerk of Court in the GOP primary.
For Sheriff, Newton Police Chief Don Brown and Captain Jason Reid of the Sheriff's Office have filed. Both are Republicans. Reid is seeking the job his father has held since 2010.
In Gaston County, all three Republican incumbents have filed for the NC House. John Torbett is the only candidate so far for District 108. Susan Maxon, a Democrat, has filed to oppose Dana Bumgardner for the District 109 seat. She lost to him in the 2016 election. Charlene High, a school guidance counselor from Dallas, has filed to oppose Kelly Hastings of Cherryville, who is seeking re-election to the District 110 seat.
For the NC Senate seat from District 43, Kathy Harrington has filed for re-election. Former Gastonia mayor Jennie Stultz has announced she will run for that seat as an unaffiliated candidate.
District Attorney Locke Bell has filed for re-election to his District 38 position.
Sheriff Alan Cloninger, a Democrat, has filed for re-election. So far he has no challengers.
Larry Brown has filed for re-election, so far the only candidate for Clerk of Court.
Three incumbent Republican County Commissioners have filed for re-election: Tracy Philbeck from Dallas Township, Tom Keigher from Gastonia Township, and Chad Brown from Riverbend Township.
In Cleveland County, DA Mike Miller, whose District 39 also includes Lincoln County, has filed as the only candidate for that job.
Tim Moore, speaker of the NC House, has filed for re-election to the District 111 seat.
Sheriff Alan Norman has filed for re-election and so far is the only candidate.
Clerk of Court Mitzi McGraw Johnson has filed for re-election and has no opponent so far.
Candidates for Cleveland County Commissioner include restaurateur Doug Bridges, and Ronnie Whetstine, both Republicans who are currently filling out unexpired terms; and Democrats Eddie Holbrook, current chairman of the Commissioners, Caroline Dedmon and Chris Gash.
The deadline for filing is noon February 28th. April 13th is the deadline to register to vote in the May 8th primary. Early voting will begin April 19th.
Those who are registered with any party may vote only in that party's primary. Unaffiliated voters can choose in which party's primary they wish to vote.
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