I attended the Board of Elections hearing today, which was scheduled for high noon. I was at the courthouse by 11:30 AM or so. Town Manager, Jeff White and Town Attorney Chip Hewitt were there before I arrived. When the Board was finished with other business, they came to the meeting room. Since all necessary parties were there as of 11:35 AM, the meeting started early. This did affect several people. "The Smithfield Herald" reporter, a News 14 reporter, and one man whose bid for office was cut short by the late filing all got there after the meeting late, since it started early. A reporter from "The Kenly News", which also owns "The Selma News" was there early, waiting for the meeting to start. I realize that all necessary parties were present, but I do wish that the meeting had started at the announced time. I enjoyed the irony in that, though. No reporter was there for WMPM, and they got the story's facts wrong...again. Look for me in the papers and on News 14.
Board Of Elections Upholds Ruling Rejecting Candidates Applications - During a hearing on Tuesday, the Johnston County Board of Elections said they had no authority to place the names of two candidates on the November ballot. Applications from Charles Hester who filed for Selma mayor and Tommy Holmes who filed for Selma Town Council were rejected because they were received by the Board of Elections four hours after the 12 noon filing deadline on August 5. However, the candidates had filed prior to the deadline at the Selma Town Hall, despite instructions from the Board that all candidates filing on the last day must do so at the Election Office, not at individual town halls. The matter now goes before a court judge on August 29. Selma leaders are hoping a judge will force the Board of Elections to place Earp and Holmes names on the ballot. Otherwise, they must mount a write-in campaign.