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Election filings like musical chairs?

LOUISBURG -- The filing period for the 2020 spring primary/general election has been fast and furious, creating a bit of legislative musical chairs.
The deadline is Friday.

The pending legislative retirement of Sen. John Alexander created a flurry of filing for his Senate District 18 seat, which represents Franklin County and parts of Wake County.

And a move by Rep. Lisa Barnes to file for Senate District 11 -- incumbent Rick Horner opted not to seek re-election -- prompted Matthew Winslow to withdraw his Senate District 18 candidacy and file for Barnes' House of Representatives District 7 seat.

Winslow said Barnes reached out to him early last week and asked if he'd be interested in seeking the Republican party nomination and the right to represent the people of Franklin and Nash counties.

"It's an area I'm familiar with and I'm involved in the community," said Winslow, a home builder.

"... I realized its a natural fit and I think it would be a benefit to me, to my family and the community."

Winslow, from Youngsville, is the only person seeking the Republican party nomination for the House's District 7 seat.

Louisburg resident Dr. Phil Stover has filed for the Democratic party's nomination for the House District 7 seat.

Barnes has filed for the Republican party nomination for Senate District 11, representing Nash County and parts of Johnston County, and will face a challenge from Smithfield's Patrick Harris for the party nomination in the spring.

Allen Wellons is the sole Democratic party candidate.

Now, in Senate District 18, Democrats Sarah Crawford and Angela Bridgman, of Raleigh and Wendell, respectively, will vie for their party's nomination.

Wake Forest Republican Scott McKaig is now the sole member of his party seeking the nomination.

And, Libertarian Jason Loeback has filed for his party's nomination.

Locally, seats for County Commission Districts 1, 3, 5 and 7, held by Sidney Dunston, Mark Speed, Michael Schriver and Shelley Dickerson, respectively, are up for election.

Dunston announced in August that he would not seek re-election.

Johnnie Clifton Sr. -- who battled Dunston four years ago -- and political newcomer Kelli London have filed for the Democratic party nomination, which will be determined in the spring.

Speed, Schriver and Dickerson all filed to retain their seats.

Republican Danny Pearce filed for the District 7 seat, seeking his party's nomination.

Democrat Ginger Baker filed for her party's nomination for the District 7 seat.

Beyond the county commission race, School Board seats for District 2, 4 and 6, held by Tommy Piper, Debra Brodie and Rosemary Champion, respectively, are up for election.

All three incumbents have filed to retain their seats. No one else had filed prior to press time.

The school board is non partisan, meaning the winners of the spring primary will be elected to the board and begin serving in the fall of 2020.

Register of Deeds Brandi Davis filed for re-election also.

District Court Judges John Davis, Katherine Burnette, Amanda Stevenson and Adam Keith have all filed for re-election. None of them had a challenger.

• U.S. Rep. George Holding has announced that he plans to retire from his Congressional District 2 seat.

Now, though, Franklin County will be represented in the 4th Congressional District, served by David Price, who is the only Democrat to have filed for the party's nomination.

Debesh Sarkar and Steve Loor, both of Raleigh, have filed for the Republican party's nomination.

U.S. Senator Thom Tillis has filed to retain his U.S. Senate seat, seeking his party's Republican nomination. No other Republican has filed.

Five candidates have filed for the Democratic party's nomination for Tillis' seat.

Libertarian Shannon Bray of Apex has filed for that party's nomination.

Nationally, 15 Democrats have filed for their party's nomination in the presidential race.

There are 16 Libertarian candidates, one Green Party candidate and two Constitutional Party candidates.

President Donald Trump is the only Republican candidate.

For more information about elected officials and who else has filed, in races from U.S. Congress to the state treasurer to the court of appeals, visit the county's Board of Elections' website at: www.franklincountync.us/services/board-of-elections, or the State Board of Elections' website at: www.ncsbe.gov/index.html.

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Members Opinions:
December 19, 2019 at 8:33pm
How the heck did Franklin County get thrown into district 4 with nothing but candidates from Raleigh, Durham and Cary? Thanks Dems. Lets see Gary Cunard try to explain how our rural county is going to be served by this.
December 28, 2019 at 10:07pm
Franklin County can't be represented any worse by Price than Holding did. He never visited, never involved himself in any issues that concerned us, never really cared. He didn't have to. He had Boyd here to run interference. Glad he's gone. Price has a reputation for great constituent service, unlike Holding. I'm thinking we'll be better off.

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