Contested Race For Mayor Develops On First Day Of Filing Period

The filing period for the 2017 elections opened today (Friday) at Noon in Johnston County.

A number of candidates arrived at the Johnston County Board of Elections Office in Smithfield to be among the first to file.

Archer Lodge Town Councilman Mark Wilson was the first candidate to file for office after the filing period opened at Noon. Wilson is seeking his 3rd term on the town council. Photo

Mark Wilson, a member of the Archer Lodge Town Council, was the first candidate to file today. Wilson filed for his third term on the Archer Lodge Town Council.   “There are a lot of things happening in Archer Lodge and I want to be a part of it.”

Selma Mayor Cheryl Oliver filed Friday for election to her fourth term in office. Photo

Selma Mayor’s Race Contested
In Selma, Mayor Cheryl Oliver filed for her fourth term in office.  Oliver said she believes Selma is just beginning to hit its stride and wants to continue working to help Selma grow.

Selma Town Councilman William Overby filed Friday for Selma Mayor and will challenge incumbent Mayor Cheryl Oliver this November. Photo

Selma Town Councilman William Overby, whose seat is up for election this year, filed for Selma Mayor.  Overby, who ran unsuccessfully against Mayor Oliver in 2015, said Selma is in a position to grow, but changes need to be made on the political side. Overby said several people had approached him to run for Mayor.

Smithfield Town Councilman Travis Scott fills out paperwork to file for re-election on Friday at the Johnston County Board of Elections Office. Photo

Smithfield Town Council
Three of the 4 Smithfield town councilmen up for election filed within the first 30 minutes Friday afternoon.

Smithfield Town Councilmembers Perry Harris (left) and Marlon Lee (right) filed for re-election to their respect district seats. Photo

Councilman Perry Harris, Marlon Lee and Travis Scott are all seeking another 4 year term in their respective council districts.  Councilman Roger Wood’s seat is up for re-election this year. Wood would not address reports recently that he was not going to seek a second term.  “I don’t have anything to say to you right now,” Wood told a WTSB reporter at the June town council meeting.

Roy Adams filed Friday afternoon for a seat on the Four Oaks Town Council. Photo

Four Oaks
In the race for Four Oaks Town Council where seats held by John Hatch and Walter Holt are both up for re-election, Roy Adams filed for one of the town board seats today.

Clayton Town Councilman Art Holder filed for re-election.

Pine Level Mayor Jeff Holt (right) and Pine Level Town Councilman Phil Pittman (left) complete paperwork at the Johnston County Board of Election Office. Both filed for election to their respective seats. Photos

Pine Level
Pine Level Mayor Jeff Holt filed for another term.

He was joined by Pine Level Councilman Phil Pittman who is seeking another 4 year term on the town board.

Terry Baker of South Alford Avenue filed Friday afternoon for Mayor in the Town of Kenly.

The filing period will end on Friday, July 21st at Noon at the Johnston County Board of Elections Office at 205 S. Second Street in Smithfield.