Three Way Race Develops For Mayor

Selma Town Councilman Tommy Holmes filed Friday for the Office of Mayor. He joins fellow councilman William Overby who filed last week to challenge incumbent Mayor Cheryl Oliver. File Photo

A second member of the Selma town council has filed for Mayor.

On Friday, Councilman Tommy Holmes filed for the seat currently held by Mayor Cheryl Oliver.  Holmes joins fellow councilman William Overby who filed last week for mayor.

Overby ran unsuccessfully against Mayor Oliver in 2015.

Holmes said the primary reason he is running for mayor is because Selma leaders have forgotten what they were elected to do.

“I just feel like we need a change and we’ve forgotten what we were elected for, and that’s a voice for the people. Tax dollars are not being used the way they should.”

Holmes said Selma is contracting work out to companies when the work should be performed by town employees.  He says that is a waste of tax dollars.

“When I ran 6 years ago (for town council), I said I would be a voice for the citizens. If elected mayor, I will still be a voice for the people.”

Holmes was first elected to the town council in 2011. He won reelection in 2015 and his current term on the town board doesn’t expire until 2019.  If he loses his bid for mayor he can still remain on the town board.

Two Selma council seats are up for election this November, those currently held by Overby and Mayor Pro Tem Jackie Lacy. Lacy has filed for reelection.  No one has filed for Overby’s council seat.

The filing period for municipal elections in Johnston County remains open through Noon on Friday, July 21st at the Johnston County Board of Elections Office on South 2nd Street in Smithfield.

Friday Filings
In other filings Friday at the Johnston County Board of Elections Office:

Incumbent Mayor Walter “Jay” Warren and Commissioners Russell Creech and Jay Langston all filed for reelection.

Kevin Worley also filed for the Micro Town Council.

Bobby Bunn filed for a seat on the Clayton Town Council.