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Filing period ends for municipal elections; one seat in Tar Heel sees no one file

The filing period for municipal elections has closed and several familiar faces and a few new faces have filed for elected office. One town commissioner seat in Tar Heel had no one to file and one incumbent Mayor has opted not to seek re-election.

Dublin Mayor Horace Wyatt has made the decision not to seek re-election. “I just feel like my leadership has done well for the last 25 plus years, but it’s time to let other people do it,” said Wyatt.

He said one accomplishment during his time as Mayor has been the ability to keep the tax rate low and keeping the town clean and neat in appearance. Wyatt also said that while he cannot take full credit for the Dollar General deciding to locate a store in town, he feels it has been a good asset for the town.

In the town of Dublin, Darryl Dowless and Alex Hursey have filed seeking election to the Mayor’s seat.

One seat is available for Dublin Town Commissioner. Incumbent Jeff Smith has filed seeking re-election and he is facing a challenge from Richard Sibbett.

In Bladenboro, incumbent Mayor Rufus Duckworth has filed seeking re-election as Mayor and Kenneth Kelly and Larry Simmons have also filed seeking election to the Mayor’s seat.

There are three seats available for Bladenboro Town Commissioner. Incumbents Billy Ray Benson and Jeff Atkinson have filed for re-election to their seats and they are facing challenges from Rodney Hester and Greg Sykes. The top three candidates will be seated.

In the town of Clarkton, two seats for town commissioner are available. Incumbents Jerome Myers and Tim Tart have filed seeking re-election and they are facing challenges from Stephen Wayne Hester, Linda Gaskins, and Jimmy Hudson. The top two vote getters will be seated on the board.

Two seats are available for East Arcadia Town Commissioner. Incumbents Lillian Graham and Pamela Graham have filed seeking re-election. They are running unopposed.

In the town of Elizabethtown, there are three town council seats available. Incumbents Paula Greene, Rufus Lloyd and Herman Lewis have all filed seeking re-election. They are facing a challenge from Robert “Bobby” Kinlaw. The top three candidates will be seated.

In the town of Tar Heel, incumbent Mayor Roy Dew has filed seeking re-election. There are three town commissioner seats available in Tar Heel as well. Incumbents Sam Allen and Angeline Hall have filed seeking re-election. One town commissioner seat in Tar Heel had no one to file by the deadline. Officials with the Bladen County Board of Elections were in consultation with the North Carolina State Board of Elections seeking guidance regarding how to proceed.

In the town of White Lake there are three town commissioner seats available.  Incumbents Paul Evans, Mike Suggs and Tim Blount have filed seeking re-election. They are running unopposed.

To see the candidate list as provided by the Bladen County Board of Elections, click here.

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