Weeks files for County Commission
A town alderman with the Town of Ellenboro has thrown her hat into the ring for the District 4 County Commission race.
On Wednesday, Sandra Weeks filed as a Democrat for the seat held by Bo Richard.
District 4 covers most of the eastern section of Rutherford County.
"I've been thinking about if for a good while and I figured it was a good thing to do," Weeks said. "I'm going to run for the people."
Weeks is in her second term as alderman in Ellenboro. She worked for the Railroad Retirement Board before retiring from her position and moving back to Rutherford County in 1996.
Monday, Republican Michael Benfield filed for the Republican nomination in District 4.
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.
The only other change Wednesday was the removal of Robynn Spence's name from the Clerk of Court race.
Spence, who passed away Sunday, filed the first day of the filing period.
Another County Commission race became contested Monday when Rob Bole filed as a Democrat for the District 5 seat. District 5 encompasses the northwest part of the county.
Incumbent Republican Julius Owens filed on the first day of the filing period.
The race for Rutherford County Sheriff has five candidates — three Democrats and two Republicans — including Republican incumbent Chris Francis. Don Huckabee, Jack Conner and Jason Wease filed as Democrats while former sheriff Dan Good filed to challenge Francis in the May 6 primary.
Last week, incumbent Republican Rep. Mike Hager filed for re-election seeking his third term in the North Carolina General Assembly. Republican incumbent Sen. Ralph Hise also filed for re-election last week. 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 6 primary is noon, Feb. 28.
Candidates who have filed for office
Clerk of Court
Bob Ward (D)
Bryan A. King (R)
Sandra Weeks (D)
Michael J. Benfield (R)
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
I — Ralph Hise (R)
Michael Lavender (R)
I — Michael Hager (R)
Jack Conner (D)
I — Chris Francis (R)
Don Huckabee (D)
Jason Wease (D)
Dan Good (R)
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.