Brian Minton

Brian Minton

Brian S. Minton of Wilkesboro announced Thursday that he will file as a Republican candidate for Wilkes County register of deeds in the 2020 election.

Minton, 46, is in the first year of his first four-year term as a Wilkes County commissioner. A person can hold one elected office while running for another, but can’t hold two elected offices simultaneously.

Misty Smithey is in the third year of her first four-year term as Wilkes register of deeds. Smithey, a Republican, hasn’t formally announced but when contacted Thursday said she would seek re-election.

Minton was born and raised in Wilkes County, is a 1992 graduate of Wilkes Central High School and attended Wilkes Community College for two years. He attends Flint Hill Baptist Church.

His mother, Shirley Randleman of Wilkesboro, served as senator representing North Carolina’s 30th District. Prior to that she served in the N.C. House and before that as Wilkes County clerk of Superior Court.

“During my 23-year career with Lowe’s Companies, I worked in several different areas, including corporate credit, merchandising, logistics, inventory and IT. Having been among the first group of 85 to be relocated to Mooresville in 2001 with Lowe’s causes me to truly understand the need to support local businesses and retain and grow jobs,” said Minton, adding that this is vital to Wilkes County families.

Minton is an active real estate broker and a relocation specialist in Wilkes and holds an N.C. broker-in-charge license and a S.C. broker license. He was recognized as Century 21 Rookie of the Year in 2007 and as Keller Williams Realtor of the Year in 2011.

Minton also worked as the manager at Goodwill in Wilkesboro.

“Working two jobs, or, working two jobs while continuing my education, has always been a normal routine for me,” he said.

“I have been involved in Wilkes County politics most of my adult life and served as president of the Wilkes County Young Republicans,” he said.

Minton also was secretary of the Wilkes County Art Gallery and served on homeowner association boards and on the advisory board for the N.C. State Employees Credit Union.

He said he decided to run for Wilkes register of deeds “at the urging of concerned citizens, associates and supporters in Wilkes County.” Minton added, “I have firsthand experience with the register of deeds offices in Wilkes and surrounding counties through my work as a (real estate) broker-in-charge.”

He said he believes elected officials should be transparent, be held to a higher standard and conduct themselves in a professional manner. “I am committed to hard work and dedication to Wilkes County and to those who call this home. I will work to earn your support and vote.”

The filing period for elections in 2020 starts Dec. 2. The primary is March 3, 2020, and the general election is Nov. 3, 2020.

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