Filing begins for municipal elections

By Jessi Stone Assistant editor | Jul 01, 2013

Candidates can begin filing to run for several open municipal seats beginning at noon July 5.

Candidates can file to run in the fall election through the Haywood County Elections office through noon on July 19. The municipal elections are nonpartisan for the Nov. 5 Election Day.

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 will have two four-year terms open and one two-year unexpired term to be filled. Aldermen Saralyn Price’s four-year term is up, as is the unexpired term of former Alderman Phil Aldridge. Because the board was not able to agree on a replacement for Aldridge after he resigned in August 2012, the board has been operating with just a four-member board.

Alderman Mike Matthews was appointed in 2011 to fill Scott Pauly’s vacant seat and that seat also expires this year.

The board interviewed several interested candidates in the months following Aldridge’s departure, but the vote to appoint someone has been split 2-2. Many votes on the board have been split 2-2 without a fifth member.

The mayor and all aldermen seats are up for grabs in Canton. The mayor and aldermen serve two-year terms that are not currently staggered. However, the board recently approved placing a referendum on the November ballot that will allow residents decide whether they want to extend the terms to four years and stagger terms.

Mike Ray is currently the mayor and the board is made up of Charles “Eddie” Underwood, Jimmy Flynn, Kenneth R. Holland and Patrick Willis.

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.