Only municipal elections are scheduled in 2019 in Wilkes County.

On the ballots will be:

• three of the five North Wilkesboro commissioner seats;

• the Wilkesboro mayor and two of the four Wilkesboro Town Council seats, and;

• the Ronda mayor and two of the five Ronda commissioner seats.

In Wilkesboro, Mike Inscore is in his third term as mayor. Gary Johnson was elected a councilman in 2015, after serving on the council several years earlier followed by a period out of office. Jimmy Hayes is in his third term as a councilman.

In North Wilkesboro, commissioners Bert Hall and Joe Johnston are up for re-election after being first elected in 2001 and 2013 respectively. Junior Goforth, in his first term as a commissioner, also is up for re-election.

Up for re-election in Ronda are Mayor Victor Varella and commissioners Sandra Simmons and Manuel Wood.

All of these municipal seats are four-year terms. None of the incumbents have said whether they will seek re-election.

The candidate filing period for municipal elections with the Wilkes Board of Elections begins at noon July 5 and ends at noon July 19.

Municipal elections in Wilkes are on Nov. 5. There are no primaries because all municipal elections in Wilkes are non-partisan.

The candidate filing period for elections in 2020 begins at noon Dec. 2 and ends at noon Dec. 20.

State board dissolved

Meanwhile, the N.C. Board of Elections was disbanded at noon Friday under orders from state three-judge panel that found its makeup unconstitutional.

The three-judge panel, reviewing a lawsuit that challenged the current State Board of Elections, on Thursday night ordered that the board be dissolved at noon Friday.

Gov. Roy Cooper said Friday that he plans to install an interim panel of state elections officials, which would operate until a new state law remaking North Carolina’s elections and ethics boards takes effect on Jan. 31.

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