2 file for Commission seats

Feb. 18, 2014 @ 04:57 AM

Each Rutherford County Commission seat up for election in 2014 has a candidate.

On Monday, two filed for seats at the Rutherford County Board of Elections office in Spindale.

Democrat Rob Bole filed Monday to challenge incumbent Republican Julius Owens for the District 5 County Commission seat. District 5 encompasses the northwestern part of the county.

Bole is a former member of the Rutherford County Airport Authority and Rutherford County Finance Director.

Bole ran unsuccessfully against Owens in 2010.

"People have told me we needed a 're-do,'" Bole said. "I love this county and I think the direction the current board has led the county is wrong."

Michael Benfield filed for the Republican nomination in District 4 which covers most of the eastern portion of the county. The seat is held by Bo Richard.

Richard has yet to file his petition to run for re-election. After switching his party affiliation in 2013 from Republican to Independent, Richard will have to obtain 4 percent of registered voters' signatures on a petition in order to be on the November ballot.

Last week, the race for Rutherford County Sheriff became a crowded one as five candidates — including incumbent Republican Chris Francis — filed for the seat.

On Friday, Dan Good, a Republican filed for the position — one he held for 16 years, from 1990-2006.

In addition, three Democrats — Don Huckabee, Jack Conner and Jason Wease — filed for the seat on the first day of the election filing period.

Incumbent Republican Rep. Mike Hager filed for re-election Friday morning seeking his third term in the North Carolina General Assembly.

Republican Sen. Ralph Hise — who represents the 47th District, including Rutherford County — filed for re-election Friday. He has a primary challenger in Michael Lavender, of Marion, who filed on the first day of the filing period.

All three incumbent District Court judges — Laura Powell, Rob Martelle and Randy Pool — filed for re-election last week.

Democrat District Attorney Brad Greenway filed for re-election last Monday. Thus far, he will be challenged by Republican Ted Bell, a former assistant district attorney.

On the national front, three Republicans — Mark Harris, Heather Grant and Ted Alexander — have filed for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Kay Hagan.

Only Democrat Tate MacQueen has filed for the 10th District U.S. House seat held by Republican Patrick McHenry.

The filing deadline for the May primary is noon, Feb. 28.


Candidates who have filed for office


Clerk of Court

I — Robynn Spence (R)

Bob Ward (D)


County Commission

District 1

Bryan A. King (R)


District 4

Michael J. Benfield (R)


District 5

I — Julius Owens (R)

Rob Bole (D)


District Attorney 29A

I — Brad Greenway (D)

Ted Bell (R)


District Court Judge — 29A (3 seats)

I — Rob Martelle

I — Randy Pool

I — Laura Powell


N.C. Senate

47th District

I — Ralph Hise (R)

Michael Lavender (R)


N.C. House

112th District

I — Michael Hager (R)



I — Chris Francis (R)

Jack Conner (D)

Don Huckabee (D)

Jason Wease (D)

Dan Good (R)


U.S. Senate

Mark Harris (R)

Heather Grant (R)

Ted Alexander (R)


U.S. House (10th District)

Tate MacQueen (D)


I — indicates incumbent


Filing deadline is noon, Feb. 28.