Elections filing opens Friday across Union County

Candidates will soon start lining up to file for an election that could change the face of every town board in Union County Weekly’s coverage area.

Filing for Union County elections opens Friday, July 5, at noon for a number of positions.  Filing will stay open until July 19, a Friday, at noon.

All filings must be done at the Board of Elections office at 316 E. Windsor St. in Monroe, and a filing fee of $5 is required for every application.

Take a look at the open spots in each town, as well as a list of what incumbents are up for reelection and if they’ve announced their intentions to file. A candidate may be listed as “undecided” if they did not respond to Union County Weekly queries prior to press deadline. For more information about the upcoming elections go to www.co.union.nc.us/Government/BoardofElections.aspx.

Indian Trail
Open Positions: Two town council seats, four-year terms.
Elected officials up for reelection:  Councilman Robert Allen, undecided; Councilwoman Darlene Luther, not running, according to remarks made at a town council meeting.
Major issues: The next town council likely will be tasked with making two key decisions for the town. First, what action to take regarding Indian Trail’s public safety, as an assessment on if the town needs more sheriff’s office deputies could be completed around the same time the new council is seated. Both Allen and Luther have expressed their desire to form a police force in Indian Trail. Another key issue will be the creation of a town community center that could house a town hall. Councilman Chris King is in favor of a community center, Councilman David Waddell is against spending for the project and Mayor Pro Tem David Cohn said it’s a matter that should be discussed down the road. The new council members could be the swing votes on both issues.

Marvin
Open Positions:  Mayor, two-year term; two town council seats, four-year terms.
Elected officials up for reelection:  Mayor Nick Dispenziere, undecided; Mayor Pro Tem Anthony Burman, undecided; Councilman Ron Salimao, undecided.
Major issues:  Those elected into office will have to find solutions to traffic and speeding problems throughout the village, give input on overcrowding in schools and  use the results from the latest land-use survey in future policies and decisions of the town council.

Stallings
Open Positions:  Mayor, four-year term; district 1, 2, 3 and 6, four-year terms.
Elected officials up for reelection:  Mayor Lynda Paxton, not running; Mayor Pro Tem Reed Esarove (District 2), undecided; Councilman Harry Stokes (District 1), undecided; Councilman Wyatt Dunn (District 3), will run for mayor; Councilman Paul Frost (District 6), not running.
Major issues:  Leaders will have to continue implementing the recently adopted Capital Improvement Plan, find ways to fund needed capital projects and complete the already started projects on the Potter and Pleasant Plains roads intersection and various sidewalk projects.

Waxhaw
Open Positions:  Three board of commissioners seats, four-year terms.
Elected officials up for reelection: Mayor Pro Tem Erin Kirkpatrick, running; Commissioner Joyce Blythe, not running; Commissioner Brett Diller, undecided.
Major issues:  Over the past year leaders in Waxhaw have been preparing for the future through many small area plans, the adoption of a community art plan and more.  Over the next year or so leaders will have to complete the agreement for the renovations to the Waxhaw Police Department, if not completed by the end of this year, and will have to update the five-year comprehensive plan, which is required by the state.

Weddington
Open Positions:  Mayor, two-year term; districts 1 and 3, four-year terms.
Elected officials up for reelection: Mayor Walker Davidson, not running; Mayor Pro Tem Daniel Barry (District 3), undecided; Councilman Werner Thomisser (District 1), undecided.
Major issues:  Leaders are currently working on many projects that will have to completed by the newly elected mayor and council members if not finished by the end of this year.  Projects include the rezoning process for the new Weddington water tower on Hemby Road near the Providence Volunteer Fire Department, the agreement with the Providence VFD for the acquisition of their building and property in return for funding for the department’s needed renovations and the new power line from Union Power coming to the Weddington and Marvin area.

Wesley Chapel
Open Positions:  Mayor, two-year term; two town council seats, four-year terms.
Elected officials up for reelection:  Mayor Brad Horvath, running; Councilman Howard Botten, undecided; Councilwoman Kim Ormiston, not running.
Major issues: The town continues to work on Dogwood Park and the new town hall, both of which could be completed around the same time as the new council is seated.

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