Filing for the 2016 Primary Election to be held in March officially ends Monday at noon and to date, all open offices have had someone express their intent to seek office.
Come March, two county commissioner seats, three seats on the Sampson County Board of Education and two seats on the Clinton City Board of Education are set to expire. In some cases, incumbents have chosen not to file and seek another term.
According to data collected from the Board of Elections office, the county commissioner, district 2 seat, currently held by Billy Lockamy, will see a new face on the board come March. Lockamy announced last week that he would not seek another term, instead offering his nod of approval and support to Republican Jerol Kivett, who filed Dec. 10. There have been no other filings in this position.
A Clinton High graduate, Kivett expressed in an earlier interview that he decided to dabble in local politics because of his love for Sampson County and his desire to see it continue on a positive path, paving the way for a brighter future for generations to come.
“I’m offering my services if I’m honored with the votes to do so,” he attested.
Commissioner Harry Parker’s seat is also up for re-election. Parker, a Democrat, is the only person to file for his seat, which covers district 4 of Sampson County.
The Sampson County Board of Education race seems to be the only race with opposition. There are three terms set to expire in 2016 and four candidates have filed for a seat on the board. Board member Fay Gay has not filed to be re-elected to the board, but current member Sonya Powell filed Dec. 8. Eugene Pearsall, Tracy Dunn and Pat Usher have all filed, expressing their interest in serving on the board.
Clinton City Board of Education has three seats that will expire in 2016. Only two of the three incumbents have filed as of Wednesday afternoon. Board members E.R. Mason and Jason Walters have both shown their desire to continue working for the students in CCS. Board member Diane Viser announced earlier this month that she will not seek another term.
Sampson County Register of Deeds Eleanor Bradshaw has filed for re-election, as have Sen. Brent Jackson for the State Senate, William Sutton for District Court judge and Rep. Larry Bell for the House of Representatives 21st district.
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