Here is the latest information from WMPM radio's web site concerning the Selma elections. Notice that they wrongly reported the names of who candidate who dropped out of the race and the remaining candidate.
Town Of Selma Files Lawsuit Against Board Of Elections For Rejecting Candidates Applications - The Town of Selma has filed a lawsuit against the Johnston County Board of Elections office after they rejected the names of three candidates. Just before the 12:00 noon filing deadline on August 5, Charles Hester filed for Selma mayor, Jim Earp and Tommy Holmes filed for town council, at the Selma Town Hall. All three filing were accepted by the Selma town clerk but the applications were not delivered to the Board of Elections office until 4:00pm, four hours after the filing deadline had passed. Since the applications were received late, elections officials declared all three as invalid. Elections officials had told clerks in all municipalities that any candidate filing on the last day, must file at the Board of Elections Office. Selma officials reportedly did not adhere to that request. In the lawsuit, filed by Town Attorney Alan B. Hewett, town officials are requesting a court judge force the Board of Elections to place the candidates name on the November ballot. The civil complaint is expected to be heard by a superior court judge as early as August 29. Mark Payne, attorney for Johnston County, was not available for comment on Friday. One of the three candidates, Tommy Holmes, has since withdrew his name for political office. If a judge refused to side with the plaintiffs, Hester and Earp will have to mount a write-in campaign in November.