This is from today's WMPM news on their web site. They report regularly on local news in the Johnston County area. The day after I filed for office, the information was carried on the WMPM web site, the "News and Observer", and in the next edition of "The Selma News". It is good to know that the local news outlets are giving us information on local races. Hopefully, the news outlets will also ask candidates for their positions on different issues.
Contested Races Develop For Benson, Clayton, Pine Level Town Councils - The filing period for this falls elections will end next week on Friday, August 5. In Smithfield, Norman Johnson has filed for mayor. Incumbent Councilmen Daniel Evans, Vic Ogburn and Harold Tharrington have all filed for re-election. In Selma, incumbent Mayor Harry Blackley is seeking two more years in office. Jackie Lacy and Troy Laplante have filed for the town board. In Clayton, six candidates have filed for two council seats: Robert Ahlert, Michael Grannis, Rev. Raymond Pittman, Bob Satterfield, Michael Starks, and Mike Whiting. In Benson, Don Johnson, who has been mayor since 1995, is seeking his sixth term. Incumbent Frederick Nelson has filed for town council along with Assistant Benson Fire Chief Robert Harper, Keith Curtis the son-in-law of Billy Parrish who is not running for re-election, and William Massengill Jr., director of operations for Wake Health Services in Raleigh are seeking three at-large commissioners seats. In Kenly, H.L. “Tootie” Hales has filed for mayor and Mark Smith has filed for council. In Pine Level, seven candidates are running for town council while Jeff Holt is seeking the mayor’s seat.