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Filing period opens Monday

Residents who want to take an active role in shaping Lincoln County and the state of North Carolina can file for political office starting Monday.
The official filing period for county commissioner begins at noon Monday and ends at noon Friday, May 7.
Three seats on the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners are up for grabs this year.
Voters will choose who takes the positions currently held by Jerry Cochrane, the board’s chairman, and commissioners Tom Anderson and Larry Craig.
Cochrane has said publicly he will not run for the board again. Anderson and Craig are expected to seek re-election.
Darrell Gettys, the chairman of the Lincoln County Economic Development Association Board, said earlier this year that he would run, but may be reconsidering that decision.
There is some speculation that former commissioner Terry Brotherton may seek a return to the board.
Terms are for four years. Commissioners meet twice monthly for regular business and serve on numerous committees and boards of other organizations.
Residents have to pay $48 to file for commissioner, said Judy Caudill, director of the Lincoln County Board of Elections.
Filing for state offices also starts Monday.
Residents can run for a seat in the 97th House district or the 41st Senate District, Caudill said. Incumbents, Rep. Joe Kiser of Vale and Sen. Jim Forrester of Newton are both expected to seek re-election.
Filing for those offices costs $207.
Filing dates were pushed back this year after problems with redistricting, leading to the short filing period. The filing period normally lasts three to four weeks.
But Caudill said the shortened period isn’t likely to affect the number of candidates or when they file.
“Normally they file the first day or the last week,” she said.
The primary election will be held July 20. Absentee voting for the primary starts May 31.
Lincoln County residents can vote on the $47 million school bond referendum May 4.

by Staff Reports

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