Election season is heating up throughout North Carolina, with some candidates already getting a jump start on campaigning. This year stands to be a significant election year, with several local and state offices up for grabs.
With six local offices and two state offices on the line in Macon County, filing for the 2014 primary elections opened on Monday, Feb. 1 at noon.
County commissioner seats that are up for election include District 1, currently held by Jimmy Tate (R), and both seats in District 2, which are held by Ronnie Beale (D) and Ron Haven (R). To file for commissioner, the fee is $98.65.
Tate was first appointed to fill the commissioner’s seat left vacant after Brian McClellan resigned from the board in November 2011. After being appointed, Tate ran a successful campaign in in November 2012 for the unexpired term for his seat.
Ronnie Beale was first elected to the Macon County Board of Commissioners in 2006 and for the past two years, has served as vice-chairman of the board of commissioners. Beale is the lone Democrat on the board.
Ron Haven was elected to the board in 2010, and is rounding out his first term in office. Each commissioner is elected to a four-year term.
Macon County’s Register of Deeds, currently held by Todd Raby, is also up for election. Raby was first elected to office in 2006. Filing costs for the Register of Deeds position is $411.83.
Macon County’s Clerk of Superior Court, an office currently held by Vic Perry, is up for election. Perry has held his the position since being elected in 2006. Filing fees to run for clerk of court is $834.
The position for Sheriff in Macon County is scheduled for this year’s election. Sheriff Robbie Holland has remained sheriff since being sworn into office in December 2002. To file for sheriff, a fee of $638.88 is required.
Jackson County election preview
Three commissioners’ seats are on the ballot, as well as the Register of Deeds, Clerk of Court, and Sheriff. Open commissioner seats in Jackson County are held by Jack Debnam, Charles Elders, and Doug Cody. Filing fees for commissioner are $118.
Debnam was first elected to office in 2010 and serves as the chairman of the board. Elders was elected in 2010, and also served as commissioner from 1990- 1998. Cody was also elected in 2010.
Jackson County’s Clerk of Superior Court is currently occupied by Ann Melton. Filing fees for the seat are $834.
The Register of Deeds seat in Jackson County is held by Joe Hamilton and will require a filing fee of $448. Hamilton was elected to office in 1998.
The office of Jackson County’s Sheriff currently held by Jimmy Ashe is on the ballot and requires a filing fee of $631. Ashe was first elected sheriff of Jackson County in 2002.
Across the state
On the state level, the seat representing North Carolina’s Senate District 50 is up for election. Senate District 50 includes Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties and is served by Senator Jim Davis. Davis is in his second term in office. Filing fees for this seat total $207.
North Carolina House Representative District 120 is scheduled for election. District 120 includes Cherokee, Clay, Graham, and Macon counties and is currently occupied by Representative Roger West. West has served seven and a half terms in the State House. Filing fees for this position are $207.
The seat for North Carolina House Representative for District 119, which includes Haywood, Jackson and Swain counties is open. The seat is currently occupied by Joe Sam Queen, who is serving his first term in the House. Queen previously served three terms in the N.C. Senate. Filing fees for this seat are $207.
United States House of Representatives for District 11 is up for election. Congressman Mark Meadows currently holds this seat and is serving his first term in Congress. This seat is a two-year term. Filing fees for this seat total $1,740.
Additional positions on the ballot this election cycle include Superior Court Judge District 30A, District Attorney District 30, held by Michael Bonfoey, and District Court Judge District 30 for the seats currently held by Judge Kristina Earwood, Judge Donna Forga and Judge Roy Wikewickerama. Filing fees for these offices range from $1,107 to $1,426.
Citizens interested in running for office must file in the county in which they reside.
Macon County’s Board of Elections office is located inside the Macon County Courthouse at 5 West Main Street, Franklin.
Jackson County’s Board of Elections office has recently moved and is now located at 876 Skyland Drive, Suite 1, Sylva.