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First candidates have filed for 2019 election

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RALEIGH — Dozens of candidates have officially filed to run for office in municipal elections in Wake and Franklin counties during the first few days of the filing period.

Candidates who want to appear on the ballot for municipal elections must first file with their county board of elections. The filing period began July 5 and will continue until noon Friday, July 19.

The election will be Nov. 5 (although Raleigh and Cary will hold elections earlier on Oct. 8). There are no state races on the ballot this year. All seats are in at-large districts and are for a four-year term.

The Wake County Board of Elections has a new location: 1200 N. New Hope Road, Raleigh. Candidates running for any office in Wake County must submit their filing paperwork there. Franklin County Board of Elections is at 107 Industrial Drive in Louisburg.

These candidates had filed as of Wednesday:


Commissioner: Incumbent Mack Jones


Mayor: Incumbent Art Wright

Commissioner: Incumbent Anita Fuller and Mark Lemmon


Mayor: Incumbent James Roberson

Town Council: Ben McDonald


Town Council: Mark Russell and incumbents Christopher Neal and Emma Stewart


Mayor: Ronnie Currin

Commissioner: Edward Carelli and incumbents Michelle Medley and Sheilah Sutton

Wake Forest

Commissioner: Jim Dyer and Heather Loftin Holding


Mayor: Incumbent Virginia Gray

Commissioner: Joe DeLoach and incumbent Ben Carroll


Commissioner: Scott Brame, Ronald Adkins and incumbent Joe Johnson


Commissioner: Shannon Baxter, Larry Loucks Glenn York and incumbent Don Bumgarner

The deadline for filed candidates to withdraw their names is 5 p.m. Tuesday.