Filing stopped just before sheriff’s candidate planned to throw his hat into the ring

Published 9:38 am Thursday, December 23, 2021

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By Mike Barnhardt
Enterprise Record

Jimmy Staley is running as a Republican candidate for sheriff of Davie County.
But he hasn’t filed for office yet.
The day before the N.C. Highway Patrol office was planning on filing for sheriff, judges ordered that all filing for offices in North Carolina be delayed to a date yet to be determined. The primary, originally scheduled for early March, has been moved to mid-May.
It all stems from a lawsuit over redistricting maps.
When Staley does file, he will join incumbent J.D. Hartman and Mark Howell in the race for Davie sheriff. Both are Republicans.
Davie Elections Director Tabatha Parrish reports that all of those who filed before the suspension will remain candidates. This may vary for candidates for state or national office who may be affected by any changes in the district lines.
Three candidates filed early for Davie Clerk of Court, as well: Sonya Spry, Jason Lawrence and Andrew Brock – all Republicans.
Others who filed early include: Julia Howard, a Republican candidate for the N.C. House of Representatives; Eric J. Farr, the Davie seat for N.C. District 228 Court Judge; Stephen Duane Vestal, a Republican candidate for Davie County Commissioner (two seats, held by James Blakley and Benita Finney, are up for election.); and Joseph “Con” Shelton, a Republican candidate for the Davie County Board of Education (three seats, held by David Carroll, Clint Junker and Lori Smith) are up for election).