Filing period to open Monday

Feb. 09, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Filing for the 2014 election begins noon Monday with some races already shaping up.

Filing continues for a two-week period — until noon Feb. 28 — at the Lee County Board of Elections office, located at 225 S. Steele St.

“We are prepared,” said Lee County Elections Director Nancy Kimble. “We’ve got all the paperwork ready. It’s just a matter of turning on the lights at noon Monday.”

The following elections are slated for the 2014 election season.

• U.S. Senate, currently held by Kay Hagan.

• U.S. House of Representatives 2nd District, currently held by Renee Ellmers.

• State Senate 12th District, currently held by Ronald Rabin.

• State House of Representatives 51st District, currently held by Mike Stone.

• State House of Representatives 54th District, soon to be held by Robert Reives II.

• County Commissioner District 1, currently held by Robert Reives Sr.

• County Commissioner District 2, currently held by Charlie Parks.

• County Commissioner District 3, currently held by Andre Knecht.

• County Commissioner District 4, currently held by James “Jim” Womack.

• Three seats on the Lee County Board of Education,

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currently held by Mark Akinosho, Linda Smith and John Bonardi.

• Lee County Sheriff, currently held by Tracy Carter.

• Clerk of Courts, currently held by Susie Thomas.

• Three seats for District Court Judges, currently held by Albert Corbett Jr., Winston Gilchrist and Addie Rawls.

On the local level, both Rabin and Stone said they intended to file for re-election. Stone will face at least one challenger: Harnett County attorney Brad Salmon, who lost to Rabin in 2012.

Reives II, who is set to be sworn into the District 54 seat on Monday after Deb McManus resigned amid felony tax charges, also said he intends to retain his seat.

Parks, Womack and Knecht have not publicly made an announcement as to whether they will seek re-election, but Reives Sr. says he intends to run again. Timothy Sloan, a master scheduler at Pfizer, announced last week he intends to campaign for the District 2 Commission seat. Larry “Doc” Olham, a former county commissioner, is looking to rejoin the board as a Democrat and campaign for the District 4 Commission seat.

Carter said he hopes to retain his seat for a third term as Lee Sheriff and will face Apex Police Department patrol supervisor Justin Rosser.

Bonardi said he did not intend to file for re-election, while Akinosho said he was still deciding but more than likely would. Smith couldn’t be reached for comment.