Editor's note: This story will be updated throughout the filing period.
Candidates who filed to seek office after the filing period re-opened last Thursday will give Chatham County contested races in six critical local seats, including Sheriff, two county commissioner seats, one board of education seat and two Siler City commissioner seats. Here’s the latest list of candidates who have declared:
Chatham County Board of Commissioners Dist. 3
Currently held by Dem. Commissioner Diana Hales, who is not running for reelection. Dem. Lewis Hendricks announced a bid for the seat and filed for it on Dec. 6, and Dem. David Delaney filed for the seat on Feb. 24.
Delaney was the first person to file on Thursday morning after filing re-opened following the gerrymandering court cases.
“I’m running to protect and preserve our environment, promote smart development that serves residents and our local economy, and advance equity across our county, from health and education to broadband access, technology education, and economic opportunity,” Delaney told the News + Record on Thursday.
Tom Glendinning of Pittsboro filed for the seat on Thursday. He is a registered Republican.
Chatham County Board of Commissioners Dist. 4
Currently held by Dem. Commissioner Jim Crawford, who resigned from the board due to health reasons, effective Dec. 31. On Dec. 6, two Democratic candidates filed for the seat: Albert Reddick and Katie Kenlan. On Dec. 7, Democrat Travis Patterson also filed for the office.
Joseph Godfrey of Pittsboro filed to run for the seat on Mar. 1. He is a registered Republican.
Chatham County Board of Commissioners Dist. 5
Currently held by Dem. Commissioner Franklin Gomez Flores, who filed for the seat Dec. 6.
Peyton Moody, a registered Republican, filed for the seat on Mar. 4.
Chatham County Clerk of Superior Court
Democratic Incumbent Dana Hackney filed for the office on Dec. 6.
Chatham County Sheriff
Currently held by Dem. Sheriff Mike Roberson, who filed for the office Dec. 6. Marcus Globuschutz, a probation/parole officer for the N.C. Dept. of Public Safety, has told the News + Record he’ll file for the race. Globuschutz officially filed to run on Feb. 25. He is a registered Republican.
Board of Education Dist. 3
Currently held by Vice-Chairperson Del Turner, who filed on Dec. 7. Turner, who has come under fire from anti-masking parents, faces competition from parent Jessica Winger, who announced at the board’s Feb. 14 meeting she planned to seek Turner’s seat.
“In the past year and a half, I’ve witnessed the disconnect in out-of-touch views of the board members, and I’ve heard parents and students’ voices marginalized,” she said at that meeting. “Our community is filled with many different views, but you wouldn’t know that from listening to a board meeting. So, when are families going to be fairly represented?”
Winger said she would be the families’ voices at future board meetings.
“I will represent the diverse views,” she said. “I will listen to you and try to bring those voices to these meetings instead of marginalizing them. This is not about a parent takeover, but we need a voice in this conversation.”
Clifford Stickney also filed for the seat on Mar. 4.
Board of Education Dist. 4
Currently held by board member Jane Allen Wilson, who filed for the seat on Dec. 8 and will also not be listed on the ballot in the primary. She is running uncontested.
Board of Education Dist. 5
Currently held by Chairperson Gary Leonard. Leonard filed to keep his seat on Mar. 2.
Timothy Moore of Siler City filed for the seat on Mar. 1.
Municipal Elections filing was scheduled for Jan. 3, 2022, noon through Jan. 7, 2022, noon, but was delayed due to the halt on filing in North Carolina. The filing resumed on Feb. 24, and elections will take place during the primaries.
Town of Cary Town Council At-Large
Ken George and Ed Yerha filed Dec. 6.
Clarissa Johnson filed for the seat on Feb. 28.
Town of Siler City Mayor
Siler City Commissioner Chip Price announced at a Dec. 6 town meeting that he would run for mayor in Siler City’s municipal election in March. Price officially filed for the office of mayor on Feb. 24 when candidate filing reopened.
Donald Matthews of Siler City filed to run for mayor on Thursday, making the seat contested. Nick Gallardo filed on the last day of filing, bringing the total number of candidates for mayor to three.
Town of Siler City Town Commissioner At-Large
Price has served as at-large commissioner for 10 years. If he were to win his election bid for mayor, the seat would be open. Siler City Commissioner Cindy Bray filed for the seat on Feb. 24, and James Underwood filed for the seat on Monday. Dean Picot filed for the seat on Mar. 4.
Town of Siler City Town Commissioner Dist. 1
Commissioner Tony Siler announced he would not seek reelection this year, meaning the Dist. 1 seat will be open.
Albert Alston filed for Siler’s seat on Feb. 25, and Sam Williams filed for the seat on Mar. 4, making the race contested.
Town of Siler City Town Commissioner Dist. 5
Lewis Fadely holds the seat, and he filed to run again on Feb. 24. Rayetta Fox of Siler City filed on Thursday, making the District 5 race contested.
Jared Picot filed for the seat on Mar. 4.
State Senate 20
Chatham is currently represented in the state Senate by Rep. Valerie Foushee (Dem.), who has announced a bid for Congress. Following redistricting, Sen. Natalie Murdock (Dem.) is the incumbent for Chatham’s 2022 voting district. She filed for the office Dec. 8.
Alvin Reed (Rep.) filed for the seat on Monday.
House District 54
Currently held by Dem. Rep. Robert Reives II, who is running again. He filed for the office on Dec. 8, before filing was suspended.
On Feb. 24 when filing resumed, former Republican county commissioner Walter Petty filed to run for Reives’s seat in the North Carolina State House of Representatives.
Pittsboro resident Craig Kinsey filed for the seat. Kinsey previously announced a U.S. House run before the redistricting process, but he said he decided to run in his own state instead.
"After all this district line redrawing mess, I realized the best place for me to run was right here, so I filed for NC House this morning," Kinsey posted onto Twitter. "The current Democrat does not represent the policy preferences of the voters here, and I look forward to drawing that contrast."
N.C. Supreme Court Associate Justice Seat 03
Dem. Lucy Inman and Rep. Richard Dietz both filed Dec. 6.
N.C. Supreme Court Associate Justice Seat 05
Republicans April Wood and Trey Allen filed for the seat on Dec. 6, so did Dem. Sam Ervin IV.
Republican Victoria E. Prince filed on Friday.
N.C. Court of Appeals Judge - Seats 08, 09, 10, 11
Republican Julee Tate Flood filed for Seat 8 on Dec. 6. Republicans Beth Freshwater Smith and Donna Stroud filed for Seat 9 on Dec. 6. Dem. Brad Salmon joined the race on Feb. 24.
Dem. Gale Murray Adams and Rep. John Tyson also filed for Seat 10 on Dec. 6; Dem. Darren Jackson and Rep. Michael Stading filed for Seat 11 that day as well. Republican Charlton Allen filed for the seat on Mar. 2.
N.C. Superior Court Judge District 15B Seat 1 and 2
Dem. Alyson Grine filed for Seat 1 on Wednesday and Dem. Allen Baddour filed for Seat 2 on Tuesday.
N.C. District Court Judge District 15B Seat 1
Dem. C. Todd Roper of Siler City filed on Mar. 1. He is a registered Democrat, and the only candidate filed to run for this office.
District Attorney District 18
Dem. Kayley Taber filed Dec. 7. Jeff Nieman, a registered Democrat, is announced his campaign last year in March. He officially filed to run for the seat on Thursday.
U.S. House of Representatives District 09
Chatham County has been placed in a new congressional district after the gerrymandering law suits and legal proceedings. The candidates for District 09 include Republican Francisco Rios of Charlotte (Dec. 8), Republican Richard Hudson, Jr. (Feb. 25) and Republican Jen Bucardo (Feb. 28).
Dem. Ben Clark also filed on Monday, making him the only Democrat on the ballot for District 09.
On Thursday, Republican Mike Andriani filed to run for the seat, making him the fifth candidate in the race.
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