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More people have filed for election throughout the state, following the first week of election filing.

In the U.S. Senate race, for the spot held by Kay Hagan (D-Greensboro), a third Republican has filed for election.

Heather Grant, 38, of Wilkesboro filed on Friday, Feb. 14, according to the North Carolina Board of Elections. Grant, who served in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps, joins the former N.C. Baptist Convention President Mark Harris, who filed in Raleigh and Shelby mayor Ted Alexander among those who have filed.

Last week’s bad weather also caused issues with some people filing, including Ashe County’s state representative, Jonathan Jordan.

Jordan was supposed to file Friday, Feb. 14 according to Tammie Pruitt-Coffey, community liaison for Jordan. Because of the snowy conditions, his filing has been delayed.

The Deputy Majority Whip of the N.C. House is expected to file this week, Pruitt-Coffey said.

Those interested in running for public office have until Friday, Feb. 28 to file. This year, primary elections will take place Tuesday, May 6, while the general election will take place Tuesday, Nov. 4.

Below are the people who have applied for positions directly affecting Ashe County, according to the N.C. and Ashe County Board of Elections.

Federal and State elections

U.S. Senate

This six year term is held by Kay Hagan (D - Greensboro). As of Friday night, Hagan has not filed for reelection.

Heather Grant (R - Wilkesboro)

Mark Harris (R - Raleigh)

Ted Alexander (R - Shelby)

U.S. House of Representatives District 5

This district covers all of Ashe County and parts of Alexander, Alleghany, Davie, Forsyth, Iredell, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry, Watauga, Wilkes and Yadkin counties. The seat is held by Virginia Foxx (R- Banner Elk). Foxx has filed for re-election.

Philip Doyle (R - Clemmons)

Virginia Foxx (R - Banner Elk)

N.C. Senate District 45

The state senate district covers all of Ashe County and parts of Alleghany, Avery, Caldwell and Watauga counties. The seat is held by Dan Soucek (R - Watauga). As of Friday night, Soucek had not filed for reelection.

Josh Brannon (D - Vilas)

N.C. Representative District 93

The state representative district covers Ashe and Watauga counties. The seat is held by Jonathan Jordan (R - Jefferson). As of Friday night, Jordan had not filed for reelection.

Sue Counts (D- Boone)

Judicial District 23

Alongside Ashe, the district also covers Alleghany, Wilkes and Yadkin counties. Seats for district attorney, three district court judges and one superior court judge.

District attorney:

Tom E. Horner (R - Moravian Falls)

District court judges:

William Brooks (Wilkesboro)

Donna L. Shumate (Sparta)

District Court Judge David V. Byrd (Wilkesboro) as of Friday had not filed for reelection. Other district Court Judge, Michael D. Duncan (Wilkesboro) filed for Superior Court Judge for District 23.

Superior Court Judge:

Michael D. Duncan (Wilkesboro)

Superior Courts in the state are divided into eight divisions and 46 districts. Judges rotate to different districts in their division every six months to avoid favoritism.

As of Friday, Edgar Gregory (Wilkesboro) had not filed.

County elections

Ashe Board of Commissioners:

Two four year seats are held by Judy Porter Poe and William Sands. In addition, a two year seat on the board is held by Gerald Price.

Poe and Sands have filed for re-election, while as of Friday, Price had not.

Richard Blackburn (D)

Lynn Graham (D)

Cabot Hamilton (D)

Judy Porter Poe (R)

Mickey Pruitt (R)

Jeff Rose (R)

William Sands (R)

Clerk of Court:

Seat is held by Pam W. Barlow, who has filed for reelection. Right now, Barlow runs unopposed.

Register of Deeds:

Seat is held by Deaett R. Roten, who has filed for reelection.

Phyllis Critcher (R)

Deaett R. Roten (D)


This four year seat is held by James Williams. Williams has filed for reelection.

Chris Welch (R)

James Williams (D)

Tim Winters (R)

Wil Petty can be reached at (336) 846-7164 or on Twitter @WilPetty

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