Filing ends for local offices

Published 5:22 pm Tuesday, March 6, 2018

The filing is over, and races on are for local political offices.

Five Republicans filed for two seats to be elected to the Davie County Board of Commissioners: challengers James V. Blakley, Benita Finney and Charles Odell Williams, and incumbents John H. Ferguson and Robert Wisecarver. Since no Democrats filed, the winners in the May 8 primary will likely win in the November election.

Four Republicans – Clint Junker, Lori Sluder Smith, David Carroll and Dwight C. Goodman; and a Democrat, Vicky M. Moore, each filed for one of the three seats on the Davie County Board of Education. Barbara Owens filed a petition to be placed on the November ballot as an independent candidate. The party primary will pick three Republicans to face Moore and Owens (if she gets enough signatures to be on the ballot) in November.

Ellen Drechsler is running un-opposed for Davie Clerk of Court.

Five Republican candidates seek the party’s nomination for sheriff: Mark S. Howell, J.D. Hartman, Mitchell W. Whitener, Nelson Turrentine and Kevin Curtiss. Since no Democrat filed, the primary winner will be the likely new sheriff.

In a twist in the race for the N.C. Senate – two Republican incumbents – Joyce Krawiec and Dan Barrett – as well as Peter Antinozzi, seek the nomination. New lines placed Krawiec and Barrett in the same district. John Motsinger Jr. is running for the seat as a Democrat.

Republican incumbent Julia Craven Howard is un-opposed in the primary race for the N.C. House, but will be challenged in November by Democrat Bonnie Dawn Clark.

Incumbent Congressman Ted Budd is un-opposed in the Republican primary. Democrats Kathy Manning and Adam Coker, and independent Tom Bailey also filed for that office.

Incumbent District Attorney, Republican Garry W. Frank, is un-opposed.

Moore, of Mocksville, an administrative assistant at the Davie Campus of Davidson County Community College, said it is time for a change on the board of education.

“I care about this county and I care about the children in this county,” Moore said. “My No. 1 goal wholeheartedly will be school security.”

Clark, of Harmony, is a Navy veteran who says she is concerned by the worsening of partisan power plays.

“I stand for a return to common sense governance where we work together for the common good of those who elected us to serve them,” Clark said. “I believe we are all in the same family of humanity and I want to represent my family … for a better life.

“It is my intention to truly serve the people of my district by learning what their concerns, priorities and hopes are and do my best to take action to address them whenever possible.”

Krawiec, of Forsyth County, says she is a pro God, pro gun and pro business candidate.

“North Carolina is in a perfect position to continue our Carolina Comeback, as our tax rates are now competing with our neighboring states. I will continue to make North Carolina tax friendly to attract new residents and new businesses. It is important to protect an individual’s right to work and to keep their own earnings,” she said.

Krawiec said she supports raising teacher salaries, school choice for parents, and state, not federal, standards concerning education.