2018 Filing Period Opens

The filing period for the 2018 elections opened at Noon on Monday at the Johnston County Board of Elections Office in Smithfield.

Johnston County Sheriff Steve Bizzell was joined by his wife, Jennifer, son Brent, and daughter Brenna, as he formally filled out the paperwork making him a candidate in the 2018 election.   Bizzell, from Princeton, was first election in 1998. He is seeking his sixth term as sheriff.

Register of Deeds Craig Olive of Clayton was joined by several of his family members as he filed to seek re-election. Olive has been the Johnston County Register of Deeds since 2002.

Patrick Harris of Smithfield filed for Johnston County Commissioner in District 5. Harris filed for the seat being vacated this year by Commissioner Cookie Pope who announced she would not seek re-election. He was joined by retired Rep. J.H. Langdon of McGee’s Crossroads.

Incumbent Commissioner Chad Stewart of Four Oaks filed for District 3 seat he has held since 2013.  He was first appointed to fill out the term of his father, Wade Stewart, who died while in office. Chad won election to the seat in 2014.  Stewart was joined by his family at the Board of Elections Office as he filed.

School Board Vice Chairman Dorothy Johnson of Clayton filed for re-election Monday. Johnson is seeking her sixth term.
Butler Hall of Four Oaks filed for another 4 year term on the Johnston County School Board on Monday. Hall first won election to the school board in 2006.

Two incumbent school board members filed Monday afternoon for another term.  School Board Vice Chair Dorothy Johnson of Clayton and Butler Hall of Four Oaks are seeking another four year term.  Johnson was first elected in 1998. Hall has served since 2006.  Their two seats along with the seat held by Todd Sutton of Kenly are up for election in 2018.

Terri Sessoms of Smithfield, a retired educator, former Public Information Officer and Senior Cabinet member with Johnston County Schools, was joined by her husband Monday afternoon and she filed for Johnston County School Board.

The filing period for the 2018 elections will remain open until Noon on Monday, February 26th.


  1. I am interested to hear what plans Mr. Bizzell has to keep the citizens of this county safe instead of his personal accomplishments.

    One can have many personal accomplishments and not implement one single plan to keep citizens of this county safe since he has been in office.

    As the politician that he is, I figured he would at least have some ideas of how to better this county, instead of running off of his name and the accomplishments of his staff.

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