Candidates in Maggie, Canton file for aldermen

Jul 10, 2013

Candidates can now file to run for several open municipal seats until noon July 19 at the Haywood County Elections office.

As of Monday afternoon, six people had filed to run for office. In Canton, Ralph Hamlett, Gail Mull and Zeb Smathers have filed to run for alderman seats.

In Maggie Valley, incumbent Saralyn Price has filed to run again and Mike Eveland has filed to run. Charlie Meadows and Janet Banks have filed to run to fill the two-year unexpired term.

No one has filed to run yet for Canton mayor or Clyde aldermen and mayor.

The Town of Waynesville does not have any officials up for election this year. The filing fee for candidates in Canton and Clyde is $5 and the fee for Maggie Valley candidates is $10.

Maggie Valley has two four-year terms open and one two-year unexpired term to be filled. Alderman Mike Matthews’ was appointed in 2011 to fill Scott Pauly’s vacant seat and that also expires this year. Because the board was not able to agree on a replacement for Phil Aldridge when he resigned in August 2012, someone will have to run to finish the last two years of his term.

The mayor and aldermen in Canton are all up for election because they serve two-year terms that are currently not staggered.

In Clyde, Aldermen James Trantham and Carroll Mease are up for election.

Doyle Teague, county elections specialist, said the only other requirement is to live within the city limits where the candidate is running. While the Elections office does not check financials, he said candidates would need to set up a campaign finance committee after they qualify to run.

The last day residents can register to vote for the Nov. 5 election is Oct. 11. Early voting will be Oct. 17 through Nov. 2.