Several candidates take advantage of first day of filing
The first day of filing for the November municipal elections saw both incumbents and challengers file to run for office.
In Lenoir County, candidates filed for Kinston City Council and for the La Grange Board of Commissioners and the mayor’s office.
Current Kinston council member Sammy Aiken filed to run for re-election. Aiken said he hopes to continue to help Kinston make progress.
“This would be my third term, if the citizens elect me again, and I’m looking forward to getting developers and contractors to come in to the Global TransPark, and to improving the morale of the citizens of Kinston,” he said.
Two candidates filed for municipal offices in La Grange. Lifelong La Grange resident Reid Rouse filed to run for the La Grange Board of Commissioners.
A major focus of his candidacy, according to Rouse, is his desire to see La Grange provide more facilities and activities for the young people of the town. Rouse said his campaign slogan is “putting the unity back in community.”
Current La Grange town commissioner Bobby Wooten filed to run for the office of mayor. Wooten said he believes the current mayor, Woody Gurley, may not be seeking re-election. Friends have encouraged him to run for the office, Wooten said.
“I was reluctant to run ... but I think this is just the right time,” Wooten said.
Current town commissioner Larry Gladney also filed to run for re-election on Friday.
In Greene County, the first day of filing saw only one candidate, current Hookerton mayor Bobby Taylor, file for re-election for another two year term.
In Jones County, current Trenton commissioner Rick Green filed to run for re-election to his office on Friday.
The filing period for November’s municipal elections ends Friday, July 19 at noon.