Filing for the 2013 Lincolnton municipal election got underway Friday at noon, with the two-week period for candidates to officially mark their intention to run for city office continuing through July 19.
Two incumbents were among the four candidates who filed Friday. Mayor John Gilleland, a Republican first elected to the post in 2009, will seek a third two-year term. Likewise, Republican Devin Rhyne, councilman from Ward I, has also made clear his decision to run for re-election to the City Council this year.
Meanwhile, a couple of City Council hopefuls have filed for the Ward III seat currently occupied by Democrat Carroll Heavner, who has said he does not plan to run again.
Heavner was first elected to the council in 1971 and has represented Ward III since 1993. He was also the mayor of Lincolnton from 1982 until 1987.
Martin Eaddy, also a Democrat, will seek Heavner’s seat. If he proves successful in doing so, he will secure the current Democratic majority on the council.
Eaddy served as the superintendent of Lincoln County Schools from 1986 to 2001 and has also served on various local boards, including the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Regional Airport, the Public Education Foundation and the Lincoln County Rotary Student Loan Fund.
He will not go unchallenged in his bid for the seat. Jerry “Jay” Thomas, a Republican, has also filed to run for the Ward III post.
Thomas previously sought the seat in 2009 while registered as unaffiliated.
Members of the council are elected at large but are required to file for election by ward, with two members, serving four-year terms, elected every two years.
City Council members Dr. John “Les” Cloninger of Ward II and Larry Mac Hovis of Ward IV, both Democrats, were re-elected in 2011.
The Lincolnton city election will be Nov. 5. If needed, a primary will take place Sept. 10.