Filing for Lincoln County’s Board of Education began Monday.
As of Thursday night, only three candidates have filed, including two who are running for re-election.
Candy Burgin, who currently serves as the board’s chair, was the first to file on Monday. She will seek re-election for her at-large seat on the board. Burgin was initially elected to the board during the 2010 elections.
Other current board members whose seats are up for election this year include Bob Silver, representing District 5 and Clayton Mullis, representing District 2. Mullis officially filed for his re-election Tuesday. Like Burgin, Mullis was initially elected in 2010.
Newcomer Clarissa Metts also filed to run for an at-large seat on Tuesday. A Lincoln County native, Metts works as the bookstore assistant for Gaston College’s Lincolnton campus. She is confident that if elected, her work with the board will ensure that students’ needs are met.
“I believe I will bring more balance to the Lincoln County Board of Education and to the school district,” Metts said. “We must ensure all the children are able to get a good education.”
Although the party affiliations of school board candidates are public record and may influence voter decisions, the seats are officially nonpartisan, with no party primaries conducted. Voting will take place during the general election, held November 4. Filing for the school board will conclude at noon on June 30. Those interested in more information about the election should visit www.lincolncounty.org.