With 21 seats up for grabs, 33 candidates threw their proverbial hats in the ring for this year’s municipal elections.
The filing period, which ran from July 7-21, saw at least one challenger for each of the five council races — and even one contested mayoral race, according to records with the Anson County Board of Elections.
In Lilesville, all five commissioners — Steve Whitlock, Bernice Bennett, Jason Clarke, Juanita Williams and Frank McAllister — are up for re-election. Peggy Treadaway is looking to unseat one of them.
Mayor James Richard Harrington is running unopposed.
Three of Morven’s council members — Marjorie Cole, John Trotti and Alvin Solomon — have the possibility of being ousted. Newcomers Johnie Clayton Marshall, Carolyn Gatewood Solomon and Susan Woodburn also filed.
The Peachland Town Council has a little less competition, but a contested race, nonetheless. James Thomas Hamilton, Bennie McLendon and Jason Mullis will face challengers Gail D. Horne and Leigh Taylor in November.
Like Lilesville, all five council members in Polkton — Johnny Faulk, Jimmy Hildreth, Sissy Stegall, Myra Dalgleish and Henry Furr — also have to run again this year. Looking to make their way onto the council are Janet Maria Dyson and Joe Watts Jr.
However, Polkton Mayor Minnie Staton isn’t as lucky as Lilesville’s Harrington, as she will have to square off against Robert Goodwin.
Two candidates, Gilbert (Gibby) Bachiochi and Terry Lane Helms are vying for seats currently held on the Wadesboro Town Council by Bobby Usery, James David Lee and Fred Davis.
The remaining seats in those towns, as well as those in Ansonville and McFarlan, are not up for re-election until 2019.
The deadline to file a challenge to a candidate is Aug. 4.
The elections board will appoint chief judges and judges of precinct locations for two-year terms at its next meeting on Aug. 22.
The election will be held Nov. 7.
Reach William R. Toler at 910-817-2675.