Jaclyn Anthony / Lincoln Times-News Incumbent David Carpenter files to run for a second term as Lincoln County Sheriff at the Lincoln County Board of Elections office in Lincolnton on Monday.
Several Lincoln County leaders have filed to run in the 2014 elections since the campaign season officially began on Monday.
Statewide races this year include the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Democrat Kay Hagan. Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, including incumbent N.C.-10 Rep. Patrick McHenry, will stand for election. McHenry currently represents Cleveland, Gaston, Lincoln and Rutherford counties as well as parts of Catawba, Iredell and Buncombe Counties.
In Lincoln County, voters will elect a sheriff, Register of Deeds, Clerk of Superior Court, N.C. Senator for District 44, N.C. Representative for House District 97, District Attorney for District 27B, two members of the Board of County Commissioners, four N.C. Supreme Court judges, three N.C. Court of Appeals judges, a District Court Judge for District 27B, three members of the Board of Education and two Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisors.
Sheriff David Carpenter was the first candidate to file Monday as he plans to run for a second term for his position as sheriff.
Danny Hester is running for a second term for his position as the Register of Deeds.
Assistant District Attorney Michael Miller is running for District Attorney for Cleveland and Lincoln Counties. The Times-News previously reported that Miller believes his experience and integrity will offer citizens the services they need.
John Bridges is also running for District Attorney for Cleveland and Lincoln Counties. A Shelby native, Bridges made the decision to run for election after much encouragement from the community.
“They believe that I would bring to the office a hunger to serve others with humility and a drive to seek justice,” he said in a press release.
Bridges began working at the Shelby Police Department at the age of 21. After 18 years of service, he opted to attend law school in 2007.
“With my lifetime of experience, I bring a perspective of one who has been on all sides of the criminal justice system having witnessed and experienced firsthand the devastation crime can cause a family and the whole community,” he said.
Lincoln County Board of Education Chairwoman Candy Burgin and County Commissioner Chairman Alex Patton have both filed for the Clerk of Court position currently held by Republican Fred Hatley. Hatley filed for re-election Monday as well.
The first candidate for Board of Commissioners also filed Monday. Retired Deputy Sheriff Bill S. Beam is running for Commissioner. A few years ago, he served as the chairman of the Elections Board.
Rep. Jason Saine is running for re-election for state House Seat 97. Sen. David Curtis is running for re-election for state Senate Seat 44. So far, neither Saine nor Curtis is facing any opposition.
According to the Bradley Putnam, Director of Lincoln County’s Board of Elections, filing will end Friday, Feb. 28 at noon.