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More candidates file for state, local offices

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With filing for public offices getting under way Monday and continuing through the end of the month, office-seekers have continued to make their intentions clear this week.
Former Buncombe County Commissioner and current N.C. Rep. Patsy Keever, D-Asheville, has filed for U.S. House District 10. Already in the race for Congress are incumbent U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-Cherryville, and journalist Ken Fortenberry, R-Denver.
The race for North Carolina Senate District 44 continues to heat up as Republicans Dr. David Curtis of Denver and Karen Ray of Mooresville entered the contest.
Filing earlier were current N.C. Sen. Chris Carney, R-Mooresville, who hopes to be elected in his own right after being appointed to fill a vacancy, and Ross Bulla, D-Denver.
A new addition to the race for Lincoln County commissioner came as no surprise, as current board chairman Alex Patton, R-Lincolnton, had previously announced his plans to seek another term.
He joins fellow incumbent Carrol Mitchem, R-Vale, and challengers Cecelia Martin, R-Crouse, and Martin Oakes, R-Denver, in the quest to fill the three seats on this year’s ballot.

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