School board filing underway

By Shelby Harrell Staff Writer | Jul 11, 2014

Both incumbents and newcomers are trickling into the local board of elections office to file for Haywood County Board of Education positions to be filled in the November election.

Robert Inman, director of the Haywood County Board of Elections office, said the filing period began on Monday and will close on noon next Friday, July 18.

The available seats represent the Bethel, Clyde, Crabtree/Ironduff  and Fines Creek districts. Since current board member Walt Leatherwood is only filling an unexpired term which became open with the resignation of Larry Harbin, his seat for the Beaverdam district is also open.

Leatherwood has filed for the Beaverdam seat, as have incumbents Larry Henson, Bethel;  Bob Morris, Crabtree/Ironduff and Steven Kirkpatrick, Fines Creek.

As of Thursday, no one had yet filed for the Clyde District, including incumbent Jimmy Rogers.

“But we still have about 10 days left,” Inman added.

Bethel resident Jeremy Davis has filed against Henson and Bobby Rogers has filed against Morris to represent the Crabtree/Ironduff district.

To be eligible for a school board post, a candidate must live within the district boundaries, but will stand for election countywide.

The Haywood County Board of Elections office, which has moved to 63 Elmwood Way in Waynesville,  is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. To file for a school board seat, a candidate must be 18 or older, live within the district and pay a $10 filing fee.

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