Only incumbents file in Mocksville; a race in Cooleemee; and a primary in Bermuda Run

Published 2:00 pm Tuesday, July 25, 2023

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By Mike Barnhardt

Enterprise Record

The filing is over for mayor and two council positions in each of Davie’s three towns – with Bermuda Run set to have its first primary.

While no incumbents filed for re-election in Bermuda Run, five candidates – Rod Guthrie, Jeff Tedder, Dave Gilpin, Rae Nelson and Marty Wilson – filed for the two spots on the town council.

They will face each other in an Oct. 10 primary, the first for the town, said Melissa Parker, Davie board of elections director. Early voting for the primary – which will reduce the candidates to the top four vote getters – starts on Sept. 21.

They will join Michael J. Brannon, the only candidate to file for mayor of Bermuda Run, on the ballot in the November general election.

The November election will also include voters in Mocksville and Cooleemee, with no contended races in Mocksville, as Mayor Will Marklin and board members Justin Draughn and Rob Taylor were the only candidates to file.

In Cooleemee, voters will choose between incumbent Mayor Jessica Almond Daywalt and Jeff Smith. For the two seats on the town board, incumbents Jeannie M. Taylor and Chris Fleming will be challenged by Sandra Ferrell and Sheighla Tippett.