The 2022 election season is about to get started with the first day of candidate registrations opening at 12 p.m. Monday. Candidates will have until Friday, Dec. 17 at noon to file their intent to …
The 2022 election season is about to get started with the first day of candidate registrations opening at 12 p.m. Monday. Candidates will have until Friday, Dec. 17 at noon to file their intent to run for office.
One name voters won’t see on the ballot this year is Erwin Mayor Patsy Carson. Carson, who has served the town for 16 years, told The Daily Record on Wednesday she is not going to seek reelection.
“It’s time,” Carson said. “I think 16 years is enough. We need some new blood in there and some new ideas. It’s time and I think we’ve done the best we could.”
Carson praised the town board members who were in office during her tenure.
“I’ve had good boards to work with,” she said. “I feel good about a lot of what we got accomplished. We didn’t get as much as we would have liked because of money. But, we did the best we could.”
The mayoral race in Erwin highlights the only municipal elections in Harnett County this primary cycle.
Three seats on the Erwin Board of Commissioners are on the ballot in Ward 1 (Alvis McKoy), Ward 3 (Thurman E. Whitman) and Ward 5 (Randy Baker).
The number of Harnett County races is relatively small as well. Seats in two districts for the Harnett County Commissioners District 1 (Barbara McKoy) and District 2 (Mark Johnson).
The Harnett County Board of Education has three seats up for grabs: District 1 (Vivian Bennett), District 3 (Jason Lemons) and District 5 (Don Godfrey). Also on the countywide ballot are the seats for sheriff (Wayne Coats) and clerk of superior court (Renee Whittenton).
At the state level, things are slightly different in 2022 with the addition of a new state representative and state senator for Harnett County. Most of Harnett now falls in N.C. House District 6 and N.C. Senate District 12.
Western Harnett County native Murray Simpkins announced his decision to seek the District 6 seat on the Republican side.
“We are working hard applying all the changes from redistricting,” Harnett County Elections Director Claire Jones said. “We will have everything up to date and ready for filing at 12 p.m. on Dec. 6.”
Jones says potential candidates should make sure they’re informed about what to bring with them when they do come to register and what the requirements are for the office they are seeking.
“For those planning on filing, please be sure to check out the Harnett County Board of Elections or State Board of Elections websites to ensure you are registered in the correct county and are familiar with the rules and forms,” she said. “You must be registered with your party for 90 days prior to filing in order to run under that party and there are new requirements for sheriff candidates.”
“Under a new state law, a person is not eligible to serve as a sheriff in North Carolina if they have been convicted of a felony, even if they’ve completed their sentence or had the conviction expunged from their record,” according to the State Board of Elections website.
COVID-19 precautions are also still in place at the local board of elections office.
“Please wear a mask and be prepared to wait, especially on the first day,” Jones said.
On the ballot at the federal level are area races for the U.S. House of Representatives, which also includes a new district for residents of Harnett, Sampson, Cumberland, Johnston and Wayne counties.
The new district, officially NC-04, consolidates portions of House District 7 and House District 8 seats currently held by David Rouzer and Richard Hudson, respectively.
The Harnett County Board of Elections is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The office can be reached by phone at 910-893-7553.
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