With the filing deadline just a day away, candidates for local office continue to trickle in.
The filing period ends at noon Tuesday.
The latest residents to announce their candidacy are Bill Piersol, a Republican, who is running for one of two seats on the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners, and Tim L. Daugherty, a Democrat, whoâ€™s trying for sheriff.
Piersol, who lives in Denver, is one of five men who will try to make it through the May 2 Republican primary for county commissioner. Heâ€™s facing two political newcomers â€” Marshall Fox and Martin Oakes â€” and the two incumbents â€” Carrol Mitchem and James â€œBuddyâ€ Funderburk.
So far, no Democrats have filed.
Daugherty, a Lincolnton resident, is the only Democrat whoâ€™s announced his candidacy for sheriff. Incumbent Barbara Pickens and newcomer Tony Davis will square off in the Republican primary.
As of today, those are the only local races that will see primary action.
In November, voters will decide between incumbent Elaine Harmon, a Democrat, and Jerry Long, a Republican, who are running for register of deeds.
Incumbent Fred Hatley will run unopposed to retain his seat as clerk of court unless someone files by Tuesday.
Anyone interested in filing needs to go to the Lincoln County Board of Elections Office located on the second floor of the James W. Warren Citizens Center. The office phone number is (704) 736-8480.
For about the newest candidates to file, see Wednesdayâ€™s Lincoln Times-News.
by Alice Smith