Filing period for North Carolina municipal elections begins at noon on July 7 through July 21. For Lake Norman area political aspirants that means that seats on all town boards of commissioners are up for grabs as are school board seats.
Though talk of who plans to file has already started, nothing is official until it is done through the local board of elections.
In Cornelius, all five commissioners seats and the mayor’s office are on the ballot, and of the incumbents currently in those seats, only Mayor Chuck Travis has yet to make any kind of public announcement regarding his plans to run for reelection.
Cornelius Mayor Pro Tem Woody Washam has said for months that he plans to seek Travis’ seat.
The four remaining incumbents, Jim Duke, Dave Gilroy, Thurman Ross and Mike Miltich, reportedly all plan to file for reelection. Six others – most of whom are political newcomers and many of whom have found political impetus in the Interstate 77 toll road project – have so far been said to have made announcements regarding their plans to seek a place on the Cornelius Board of Commissioners dais.
They include Denis Bilodeau, Ava Callendar, Michelle Ferlauto, Kurt Naas, William J. Rakatansky and Tricia Sisson.
Filing fees in Cornelius are $12 for mayor and $5 for board seats. All seats are for two-year terms.
In Davidson, the mayor’s seat and all five board seats are up for grabs.
Incumbent Mayor John Woods has announced he will seek a sixth term in the town’s top elective office. Woods also served three terms as a commissioner.
Woods will have at least two challengers, including Rusty Knox, whose father Russell was a former longtime mayor of the town and the namesake of the Davidson Town Hall building.
Also with intentions of throwing her hat in the ring in the Davidson mayor’s race is Laurie Venzon.
Regarding Davidson commissioner seats, the incumbents have all been keeping their plans close to the vest, and very few challengers have made announcements regarding their intentions. Two challengers, Michael Angell and Sam Weaver, have said they plan to file for commissioners seats.
Filing fees for Davidson seats are $10 for mayor and $5 for commissioners.
In Huntersville, the mayor’s seat and all six commissioner seats are up for election.
Incumbent Mayor John Aneralla announced last month that he will file to run for a second term. He is the only person to make such intentions known in that race.
Five of Huntersville’s six incumbent commissioners – Melinda Bales, Dan Boone, Mark Gibbons, Charles Guignard and Danny Phillips – have all reportedly said they will seek reelection. Challengers Brian Hines and Nick Walsh also intend to throw their hats in the ring.
Huntersville filing fees are $10 for mayor and $5 for commissioner seats.
Mooresville is the only Lake Norman town whose governing body has staggered elections. It is also the only body with districts – called wards – and the only with four-year terms, which is for board of commissioner members only. The mayor’s office has a two-year term.
This year, Mayor Miles Atkins and three incumbent commissioners, David Coble, who is at-large; Danny Beaver, of Ward 3; and Lisa Qualls, of Ward 4, are up for reelection, and all four have reportedly announced that they will file.
So far only one challenger has put in a bid, Michael P. Goudreault, an attorney living in Ward 4, said he plans to file.
All filing fees in Mooresville are $5.
Lincoln County has only one municipality, the county seat of Lincolnton where two of the town’s four city council seats are up for election, as is the mayor’s seat.
In addition to municipal elections, the boards of education for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and Mooresville Graded Schools will have elections. Lincoln County Schools holds board of education elections in even-numbered years.
District 1 in the CMS Board of Education covers most of northern Mecklenburg and virtually the entire Lake Norman area that is within that county. Incumbent Rhonda Lennon has said she plans to run again.
Two seats on the MGS board of education are up for grabs. These seats are at-large.
Filing fees for CMS are $60, and for MGS they are $10.
For more information, go to www.ncsbe.gov.
Note: Lake Norman Publications will go more into detail on candidates in all area races as the filing period progresses and everything is official.