ORANGE — The May 12 general election is beginning to take shape as only six filing days remain before the March 5 deadline.
Essie Bellfield has placed her name on the ballot this week for the newly created District 3 seat on Orange City Council.
All four seats, including mayor and three council seats, have one candidate each on the ballot. Incumbent Theresa Beauchamp has filed for District 1 seat, and incumbent Charles Guillory has filed for the Position 6 seat. Former councilman Jimmy Sims has filed for the position of mayor, which is currently held by Mayor Brown Claybar. Claybar has reached his term limit and cannot seek re-election.
Current councilman Jeff Holland will not seek re-election and has resigned from council.
The City of Pinehurst looks to have the largest election on May 12 with a race for Mayor and several candidates battling it out for three seats on City Council.
Mayor T.W. Permenter is seeking re-election, but he will be opposed by former Pinehurst Mayor Pete Runnels.
Incumbent John Zerko filed earlier this week to retain his at-large seat on city council, but there is plenty of opposition as five other candidates will be seeking the two at large seats.
Candidate filings include David Ball, Mathew Chandler, Ron Cowling Sr., Billy Harris and Terry C. Jacobs III.
Current councilman Bob Williams has indicated he will not seek re-election.
No new filings this week in West Orange.
As of Friday, only incumbent councilmembers Shirley Bonnin, Dale Dardeau and Mike Shugart have filed for re-election to their at-large seats.
All incumbents in Bridge City, which includes Mayor Kirk Roccaforte, councilperson Mike Reed, Place 2, Eric Andrus, Place 4, and Lucy Field, Place 6, have filed for re-election. No new candidates have filed as of Friday.