Twelve people had filed for six municipal seats on the ballot this year in Wilkes County when the filing deadline passed at noon Friday.
They include six candidates for three North Wilkesboro commissioner seats, four for two Wilkesboro councilman seats and two for Wilkesboro mayor.
All elected positions in the two towns have four-year terms. There are no party primaries because the races are non-partisan.
Dallas Steven Handy, 22, of Hillcrest Drive, Wilkesboro, was the last to file, doing so less than an hour before the deadline. Handy, a coffee shop owner and operator, filed as a candidate for Wilkesboro mayor.
Michael Vestal Inscore, 69, of Skyland Drive, filed for re-election as Wilkesboro mayor on the first day of the filing period (July 5). Inscore is retired from Lowe’s Companies Inc.
Running for the two Wilkesboro councilman seats are:
• incumbent Jimmy Calvin Hayes, 72, of Laurel Road. He is self-employed;
• incumbent James Gary Johnson, 66, of Spring Valley Road, He is self-employed in trucking;
• Gregory Alan “Greg” Minton, 56, of Skyland Drive. He is dean of public safety at Wilkes Community College, and;
• Claude Andrew “Andy” Soots, 68, of College Street. He owns and operates Nature’s Way Lawn.
Inscore and Hayes are both seeking their fourth four-year terms. Johnson is seeking his second consecutive term, but earlier served two terms on the council. Soots was a councilman from 2013 -2017 and ran unsuccessfully for a council seat five times. Minton served one term as a Wilkes County commissioner and is a first-time town candidate.
In North Wilkesboro
Candidates for the three North Wilkesboro commissioner seats are:
• Otis Wayne Church, 71, of Finley Avenue. He owns and operates A Baby Celebration in North Wilkesboro;
• Chad Keith George, 42, of Pine Street. He is a self-employed truck driver;
• incumbent John Elbert “Bert” Hall, 62, of Finley Avenue. He owns and operates Wilkes Steel Inc. in North Wilkesboro;
• Andrew Steven Palmer, 35, of Coffey Avenue. He is a musician and works at his family’s business, City Florist, in North Wilkesboro;
• Michael Perry Parsons, 59, of Coffey Street. He owns and operates Michael’s Jewelry in North Wilkesboro;
• Thomas Gray “Tiger” Posey, 41, of F Street. He is director of development for Wilkes Habitat for Humanity in Wilkesboro.
Hall has been on the board since 2001. Parsons was an unsuccessful candidate for commissioner in 2017. George, Church, Posey and Palmer have never run for elected office.
Incumbent North Wilkesboro commissioners Junior Goforth and Joe Johnston aren’t seeking re-election.
Upcoming important town election dates include:
• Oct. 4, absentee voting by mail begins;
• Oct. 11, 5 p.m., deadline for voter registration for 2019 municipal elections;
• Oct. 16, 8:30 a.m., start of one-stop early voting, when people can both register and vote, for municipal elections;
• Oct. 29, 5 p.m., deadline to request a ballot for absentee voting by mail;
• Nov. 1, 5 p.m., one-stop early voting ends;
• Nov. 5, 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Election Day for municipal elections.
More details about filing for office and other election matters are at www.wilkescounty.net or by calling the Wilkes County Board of Elections at 336-651-7339.