A least three people plan to seek the office of North Wilkesboro mayor, including the incumbent, in 2021.
The filing period at the Wilkes Board of Elections for this year’s Wilkesboro Town Council and North Wilkesboro Board of Commissioner races opens at noon July 2 and continues through noon July 16.
On the ballot in Wilkesboro are two town council seats. In addition to mayor, two commissioner seats are on the ballot in North Wilkesboro. These are all four-year terms.
Election Day is Nov. 2 and one-stop voting starts Oct. 14. Wilkesboro and North Wilkesboro elections are non-partisan. Ronda’s elections are now held on even years.
In North Wilkesboro
In North Wilkesboro, Mayor Robert Johnson and commissioners Angela Day and Debbie Ferguson are up for re-election.
Johnson, an electrical contractor, said he will seek his fourth term as North Wilkesboro mayor. Johnson also served as a North Wilkesboro commissioner from 1982-1994 and from 2000-2008. He said he is proud of progress made in North Wilkesboro while he has been mayor.
Mike Cooper and Marc Hauser both recently opened campaign finance committees at the Wilkes Board of Elections as candidates for North Wilkesboro mayor. Both are seeking elected office for the first time.
Hauser said he was a national sales manager for Honeywell before he retired. He said that at Honeywell, “everything was result- and goal-oriented. I want to bring that to the town” government. He also said he wants to make the town more attractive and prosperous.
Cooper said North Wilkesboro needs new ideas, new energy and new leadership. “We need to invest in small businesses and support new housing, more tourism and new growth.” Cooper is regional government affairs director for the N.C. Association of Realtors.
Day said she will seek her second four-year term on the North Wilkesboro board, while Ferguson said she doesn’t plan to run again. Day said there are certain projects she helped start and wants to continue working on as a commissioner. She is a Realtor and the owner of Ivy Ridge Traditions on Main Street, North Wilkesboro.
Ferguson said, “I have found my time on the board very rewarding, but it’s time for me to move on. I’m very grateful to the people of North Wilkesboro for allowing be to serve for four terms,” she said. Ferguson said the March 3, 2020, death of her husband, Harold “Mule” Ferguson, was a factor in her decision to not run again.
Incumbents Nellie Archibald and Russ Ferree both said they will seek reelection as Wilkesboro Town Council members.
Ferree is seeking his third four-year term on the Wilkesboro council. Ferree said he is running because he wants to give back to the town that has meant much to him and his family and because he is excited about new opportunities for Wilkesboro. Ferree is an attorney with his office in Wilkesboro.
Archibald was elected to the council in 2009. She didn’t seek re-election when that term ended, but was elected in 2017. She said she wants to remain on the council to work toward completion of the Cub Creek Park expansion and development of a pickleball association. Archibald, retired advertising director for the Wilkes Journal-Patriot, said she is excited about what expansion of the town’s wastewater treatment plant can mean for economic development.