Last week saw just one new candidate file for city office.
Mary Frances White, a Democrat, on Wednesday officially threw her name in the race for the Ward I seat on the Lincolnton City Council.
The owner of Ebony & White’s Funeral Service, White will challenge incumbent Republican Devin Rhyne, who previously made clear his intention to run for re-election when he filed on July 5.
As of now, Mayor John Gilleland, the Republican incumbent seeking a third two-year term, remains the only city candidate who has yet to see a challenger enter his race.
The Ward III seat on the City Council, currently occupied by Carroll Heavner, a Democrat, is so far a contest between Democrat Martin Eaddy and Republican Jerry “Jay” Thomas. Heavner has indicated he does not plan to run again.
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.
Councilmen Dr. John “Les” Cloninger of Ward II and Larry Mac Hovis of Ward IV, both Democrats, were re-elected in 2011.
The two-week filing period, which opened July 5, will close noon Friday, with the 2013 Lincolnton municipal election set for Nov. 5. If needed, a primary will take place Sept. 10.