Generic Voting ballot

The folks filing for election on Monday were all incumbents wanting another term.

Incumbent R.L. Icard filed for the at-large seat on the Burke County Board of Education. He was the only person who filed for school board on Monday.

Other incumbents filing were Andy Thompson for Valdese Ward 1, unexpired term; Keith Ogle for Valdese Ward 5; Frances Hildebran for Valdese Ward 4; and James Huffman Jr. for Rutherford College Town Council.

Candidates who have previously filed are:

Morganton —

Mayor: Ronnie Thompson

District 2: Larry Whisnant

District : Sidney Simmons


Hildebran —

Council: Matthew Church


Board of Education —

Eastern District: Randy Burns

Western District: Edna Weller

Kelvin Beam Sr.


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 or at 828-432-8946.

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