JEFFERSON — Filing for 2019 municipal elections ended at noon Friday, July 19, after starting at noon July 5. Between Jefferson, Lansing and West Jefferson, 16 candidates filed for 10 electable positions, according to the Ashe County Board of Elections office.
In Jefferson, incumbent alderman Charles Caudill and incumbent alderwoman Cathy Ballou, who was appointed to the Jefferson Board of Aldermen Feb. 26, filed for re-election, and will run unopposed to retain their seats.
For Jefferson mayor, candidate Mike Spencer filed for election, challenging incumbent Mayor Bluferd Eldreth.
In Lansing, incumbent alderman Jim Blevins filed for re-election.
Incumbent alderman Tom Richardson, who was appointed to the Lansing Board of Alderman June 11, filed for outright election to the board, as did incumbent alderwoman Cheyenne Blevins, who was appointed to the board Aug. 14, 2018. Tina Greer also filed as a candidate for one of three seats open for election on the Lansing Board of Aldermen.
Mack Powers will run unopposed for Lansing mayor, after incumbent Mayor Dylan Lightfoot rescinded his candidacy Tuesday, July 16, citing personal reasons for not seeking re-election.
In West Jefferson, the only incumbent to file for election the West Jefferson Board of Aldermen is Rusty Barr, who was appointed to the board July 1. Also running for one of two available seats on the West Jefferson Board of Aldermen are Christopher Neaves, Crystal Miller, Laura McPherson, Jeffery Caudill and Grant Price.
For West Jefferson mayor, Tom Hartman filed for election and will run unopposed.
Ballots will be ordered alphabetically by last name, and sample ballots will be available sometime in August, according to the Ashe County Board of Elections office. A write-in option will be available on those ballots.
Municipal Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 5, and polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. — Ashe Post & Times will provide further municipal election coverage as Election Day draws near.