Municipal election filings, which opened July 8, closed at noon today, with 13 candidates signing up for the 10 alderman seats up for election in Ashe County’s three municipalities.
Three alderman seats with four-year terms are up for election in Jefferson, currently held by Blueferd W. Eldreth, Mark Johnston, and Max Yates.
Incumbents Eldreth, Johnston and Yates have filed for re-election, with no other candidates filing — they will run unopposed.
Three alderman seats with four-year terms are up for election in West Jefferson, currently held by Calvin Green, Lester Mullis and Stephen S. Shoemaker.
Incumbents Green and Shoemaker have filed for re-election, while Mullis did not. Two other candidates, Robert Nichols and John Reeves, have also filed to run for West Jefferson seats.
In Lansing, three alderman seats with four-year terms are up for election, currently held by Jack Brown, Dylan Lightfoot and Mauvine Shepherd.
Incumbents Brown and Lightfoot have filed for re-election, while Shepherd did not. Two other candidates, Dennis Trainor Jr. and Kena Trainor, are also in the race for Lansing’s four-year seats.
A fourth Lansing seat, with a two-year unexpired term, is also up for election, and is currently held by Michelle Slaton. Slaton has filed for reelection, and will be running against candidate Nita Church.
All alderman seats in Ashe County are “at large,” and will be filled by the top vote-getters, according to Ashe County Board of Elections Deputy Director Devon Houck.
Write-in candidates can also vie for seats, Houck said, and will be elected if they are among the top vote-getters and meet the requirements of office: all candidates must be 21, registered to vote and living in the municipality in which they are running.