BOONE — The two-week municipal election filing period began at 12 p.m. on Friday, July 5, and by the end of the day, four filers had put pen to paper, including one challenger in Boone.
Boone Town Council will have three seats for election — currently filled by Marshall Ashcraft, Lynne Mason and Mayor Pro Tem Loretta Clawson. The top two vote-getters are elected to four-year terms and third place receives a two-year term. The Boone mayor position is not up for election this year, as it is a four-year term and was previously up for election in 2017.
Clawson filed for re-election to the Boone Town Council. The former Boone mayor's four-year term ends later this year.
One filer who is currently not on town council is Virginia Roseman, who filed for Boone Town Council on July 5. Roseman previously served on the Boone Board of Adjustment and Boone Tourism Development Authority.
In Blowing Rock, Mayor Pro Tem Albert Yount filed for re-election on July 5 to the Blowing Rock Town Council.
“I just decided to keep on with it," Yount said July 8. "My whole push will be, as far as Blowing Rock growth, is quality over quantity ... I don’t mind building, I’m just concerned with Blowing Rock as it is.”
The seats of Yount and fellow Councilman Jim Steele are up for election in 2019, with the winners receiving four-year terms.
Charlie Sellers made his intent clear as he filed for re-election to the Blowing Rock mayor post. Sellers is currently in his first two-year term as mayor after being elected in 2017.
"Essentially, I decided to file to run for mayor again to see the completion of projects that we started," Sellers said. "It’s hard to accomplish a number of items in two years, so this gives me four years ... I feel like I hope I can continue to be an asset to the citizens of our community."
Current Beech Mountain Mayor Renee Castiglione filed for re-election to town council on July 8. In both Beech Mountain and Seven Devils, the council chooses the mayor following each election at its next council meeting.
"I've been on the council for four years and been mayor for a year and a half," Castiglione said. "I feel the council is making good progress. We're moving forward as a town. I feel it needs to continue to benefit everyone. I'd like to get four more years as a chance to get started."
Seven Devils Mayor Larry Fontaine filed for re-election and Jimmie Accardi put his name in the hat for Beech Mountain Town Council on July 9.
The Beech Mountain Town Council will have three open seats — presently filled by Castiglione, Carl Marquardt and Wendel Sauer. The Seven Devils Town Council also has three seats for election — those of Mayor Larry Fontaine, Kay Ehlinger and David Ehmig.
In both towns, the two candidates who receive the most votes are elected to four-year terms while third place receives a two-year term.
The filing deadline is noon on Friday, July 19. Those who want to file for an open municipal seat can fill out paperwork at the Board of Elections office inside the Watauga County Courthouse, located at 842 W. King St., Suite 6, Boone, N.C. 28607.