Candidate filing appears to be slowing down in Burke County.
One incumbent filed on Thursday. No one filed on Wednesday.
Wayne Annas filed for re-election to the Rutherford College Town Council.
Candidate filing ends at noon Friday, July 19.
Candidates who have previously filed are:
Mayor: Ronnie Thompson
District 2: Chris Jernigan and Larry Whisnant
District 1: Sidney Simmons
Council: Matthew Church
Ward 1: Andy Thompson
Ward 4: Frances Hildebran
Ward 5: Keith Ogle
Alderman, unexpired seat: Matt Johnson
Rutherford College —
James Huffman Jr.
Board of Education —
Eastern District: Randy Burns
Central District: Don Hemstreet
Western District: Edna Weller and Kelvin Beam Sr.
At-large District: R.L. Icard
The seats up for grabs in Burke County are:
Burke County Board of Education
» At-large — Incumbent R.L. Icard.
» Central District — Incumbent Don Hemstreet.
» Eastern District — Incumbent Randy Burns.
» Western District — Incumbent Edna Weller.
The filing fee is $20.
» Morganton — Mayor (Incumbent is Ronnie Thompson); District 1 council seat (Incumbent is Sidney Simmons); District 2 council seat (Incumbent Forrest Fleming). The filing fee is $20
» Connelly Springs — Three aldermen seats are open (Incumbents are Ramona Duncan, Steve Smart and an open seat). The filing fee is $5.
» Drexel — Mayor (Incumbent is Danny Ritchie). The filing fee is $10; Two alderman seats (Incumbents are Rick Cline and Terry Yount). The filing fee is $5.
» Glen Alpine — Two alderman seats (Incumbents are Jack Falls and Rodney Cox). The filing fee is $5.
» Hildebran — Two council seats (Incumbents are Theresa Messer and Jody York). The filing fee is $5.
» Rutherford College — Three council seats (Incumbents are James Huffman, Mark Stinson and Wayne Annas). The filing fee $5.
» Valdese — Ward 1, unexpired term (Incumbent is Andy Thompson), Ward 4 (Incumbent is Frances Hildebran) and Ward 5 (Incumbent is Keith Ogle) seats are open. The filing fee for a council seat is $10.
» Rhodhiss — Two town commissioner seats open (Incumbents are Rachel Pace and William Allen Spencer). The filing fee is $5. Anyone who lives in Burke County and wants to file for any of the seats has to file with the Burke County Board of Elections.
» Hickory — Ward 1 (Incumbent is Brad Lail), Ward 2 (Incumbent is Charlotte Williams), Ward 3 (Incumbent is Danny Seaver). The filing fee is $12. Anyone who lives in Burke County and wants to file for any of the seats has to file with the Burke County Board of Elections.
Sharon McBrayer is a staff writer and can be reached at email@example.com or at 828-432-8946.