Generic Voting ballot

UPDATE: Information from the Burke County Board of Elections about who filed on Thursday got one of the candidates' district wrong. Candidate James Bagley filed on Thursday to run for the District 2 seat on the Morganton City Council. The story below has been updated to reflect the change. 


With only a half of a day left for candidate filing, nine more people filed for election on Thursday.

Two new faces filed for seats on the Burke County Board of Education. Retired educator Wendi Barber filed for the Eastern District seat on the school board, while Randy Fox filed for the Western District seat on the school board.

The District 2 seat on the Morganton City Council gained another candidate, James Bagley, who will join Chris Jernigan and Larry Whisnant in the race.

Also on Thursday, Terry Pendley, Tommy Helms and incumbent Jack Falls filed for seats on the Glen Alpine Board of Aldermen.

Other incumbents filing were Danny Ritchie for re-election as Drexel mayor, Mark Stinson for re-election to the Rutherford College Town Council and Gary Ogle to the Ward 4 seat on the Valdese Town Council.

Candidate filing ends at noon today.


Candidates who have previously filed are:

Morganton —

Mayor: Ronnie Thompson

District 2: Chris Jernigan and Larry Whisnant

District 1: David Connelly, Isaac Crouch, Butch McSwain and Sidney Simmons


Hildebran —

Council: Jody York, Terry Weaver, Derek Cline and Matthew Church



Ward 1: Andy Thompson

Ward 4: Frances Hildebran

Ward 5: Keith Ogle



Alderman, unexpired seat: Matt Johnson

Alderman: Terry Yount and Rick Cline


Rutherford College

Council: James Huffman Jr. and Wayne Annas


Connelly Springs

Council: Ramona Duncan



Town commissioner: Allen Spencer Sr.


Board of Education —

Eastern District: Hope Hoyt and 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 is $15.

» 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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