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Town seat filing ends Friday, July 21

Filing ends tomorrow at noon for municipal elections,which are Nov. 7.

Shawn Maynor has filed for mayor of Bolton. Lisa Blackwell McKee signed up Friday to run for another term on Cerro Gordo’s Town Council, but so far she is the only candidate for the three seats open on that board.

Chadbourn saw one candidate, Kevin L. Joyner, withdraw from the town council race, leaving incumbent Rashad Roberts as the only candidate on the ballot for the moment. Joyner – who was soliciting campaign donations via social media – pulled his name after it was discovered he does not live in the city limits.

Incumbent commissioners Nancy Jill and Alonzo McArthur have filed to run in Brunswick, while Minnie Turbeville, Eric Williamson and Crystal Wilkerson have signed up for Boardman, giving that ballot a full slate except for the mayor’s race.

Of the three aldermen seats open in Bolton, only Daniel “Danny Boy” Brown had signed up as of Friday. The Bolton mayor’s race saw a successful write-in campaign for Shawn Maynor, the town’s former administrator, in 2015,when former mayor Frank Wilson stepped down to take the administrator’s position.

In Fair Bluff, Lester Drew has filed to run for town commissioner, along with incumbent mayor Billy Hammond.

Lake Waccamaw Mayor Daniel Hilburn, incumbent East Ward commissioner Matt Wilson, and West Ward hopeful Melisha “Moe” Russell are unopposed.

In Tabor City, Lamont Grate and Sam Rogers have filed to run for town council.

Incumbent Whiteville Mayor Terry Mann was still unopposed Monday, but all three city council seats have challenged races. In District Two, incumbent Harold Troy faces former City Parks and Recreation Director Tim Collier. Collier was fired by the city manager, then reinstated by the city council and allowed to resign in 2015.

In District One, where incumbent Vickie Pait has opted not to run again, two seats are open. Incumbent Tim Blackmon is being challenged by Calvin Norton and Justin Smith.

Candidates can file at the Columbus County Board of Elections on Legion Drive in Whiteville. For more information call 640-6609.

Stuart Rogers