The city of Morganton election gained a new candidate, and the school board race saw another incumbent file on Tuesday.
Chris Jernigan, who is the director of Southmountain Children and Family Services, filed to run for the District 2 seat on the Morganton City Council.
Incumbent Don Hemstreet filed to run for the central seat on the Burke County Board of Education, and Matt Johnson filed for the unexpired term on the Drexel Board of Alderman. Johnson was appointed by the aldermen in Drexel after board member Carroll Franklin died on June 28, 2018, from cancer.
Candidates who have previously filed are:
Mayor: Ronnie Thompson
District 2: Larry Whisnant
District: Sidney Simmons
Council: Matthew Church
Ward 1: Andy Thompson
Ward 4: Frances Hildebran
Ward 5: Keith Ogle
Rutherford College —
James Huffman Jr.
Board of Education —
Eastern District: Randy Burns
Western District: Edna Weller and Kelvin Beam Sr.
At-large District: R.L. Icard
Candidate filing ends at noon Friday, July 19.
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.