On Nov. 5, voters in Mint Hill, Matthews, and Pineville will elect new boards to govern their towns for the next two years.“Municipal elections are always fun. It’s a great time to get out and support local candidates,” said Michael Dickerson, Mecklenburg County elections director. Candidate filing ended at noon July 19.Mayors in Matthews and Mint Hill are running unopposed. In Pineville, three candidates, including the incumbent, hope to lead the town.All the towns have more candidates than the number of available seats on their boards, so residents can expect some serious campaigning between now and November.Dickerson says running for municipal office is not something to be taken lightly. Candidates are required to register and abide by certain rules. To file for a municipal election, a candidate must live in the municipality that he is running to represent, must be a registered voter, and must pay a small fee determined by the current town board. If a candidate wants a nickname to appear on the ballot, a special form is required. If a candidate has been convicted of a felony, that information must be disclosed. There are also special rules and regulations concerning campaign signs and campaign finances.
Friday, Jul. 26, 2013
Field is loaded for town elections
Fall elections Who’s running in your town? Matthews Mayor James P. (Jim) Taylor (i) Matthews Board of Commissioners (6 seats) John F. Higdon Gina S. Hoover Christopher L. Melton Jeff Miller (i) Joe Pata Kress Query (i) John Ross John R. Urban (i) Mint Hill mayor Ted H. Biggers (i) Mint Hill Board of Commissioners (4 seats) Lloyd D. Austin (i) Dale Dalton Carl Mickey Ellington (i) Rich Ferretti Harry Marsh Brenda McRae (i) Richard (Fig) Newton Eric Random Katrina (Tina) Weaver Ross (i) Pineville mayor Libby B. Boatwright John Edwards George C. Fowler (i) Pineville Town Council (4 seats) Al (Billy) Baskins Melissa Rogers Davis (i) Jim Eschert Deborah B. Fowler (i) Les Gladden (i) Kevin Icard David Phillips (i) NOTE: i = incumbent Want more information? For a complete list of candidates in all county and city races, or to find out more information about the election or registering to vote, absentee ballots, early voting and more visit www.meckboe.org.
Melinda Johnston is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Melinda? Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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