Another name added to Broadway ballot

Janet Harrington is fifth contender for four seats
Jul. 11, 2013 @ 05:01 AM

A fifth person is now vying for a seat on the Broadway Board of Town Commissioners, on which four seats are available in November's municipal elections.

Janet Harrington, a Broadway native who spent her professional life elsewhere in the state but moved back to town 10 years ago, submitted her paperwork Wednesday seeking a four-year term on the board. Three four-year terms are available, and at least four candidates are campaigning for those seats.

There is also one two-year term — for the seat formerly held by commissioner Clemellyn "Clem" Welch, who died in May. Incumbent commissioner Woody Beale, has filed for that seat instead of seeking re-election to his own four-year term, and he's now unopposed.

Harrington joins incumbents Jim Davis and Thomas Beal, and fellow challenger Betty Sauls, in seeking the three four-year terms up for grabs in November. Harrington said many people encouraged her to seek office in the past several days, so she decided to file.

"I want to continue what they've already been doing and see if I can follow in Clem Welch's footsteps — which I will never be able to fill," Harrington said.

Harrington, 70, was born in the Harnett County part of Broadway, moved away as a young adult, and moved back to the Lee County side of the town in 2003. She said she retired in 2006 after 26 years of working in sales at Pinehurst Resort and Country Club, followed by eight years operating the Grandover Resort in Greensboro and doing other work in the tourism and hospitality industry.

In Broadway, she is an elder at Mt. Pisgah Presbyterian Church and a member of the Broadway Our Way steering committee, and she said she's active in the Broadway Women's Club and the Broadway Lions Club as well. She lives on Fiddler Court and has a brother, Mike, who lives on the Harnett County side of the town.