Candidates continue to file for 2018 election

More candidates have filed to run for office in McDowell County.

The filing period started at noon on Monday and will continue until noon on Wednesday, Feb. 28.

Near the end of the day on Monday, Brian Piercy filed to run for the Pleasant Gardens seat on the McDowell County School Board. The 45-year-old is seeking another term as a member. He is a resident of 194 Walnut St. in Old Fort and works as a firefighter.

Persons interested in filing to run for office may do so at the McDowell County Board of Elections at 60 East Court St. in Marion.

In addition to the candidates filing locally, others have to make it official at the N.C. Board of Elections in Raleigh.

On Monday, Democrat Phillip Price of McDowell County became the first candidate to officially file to run in the 2018 race for the 11th Congressional District. He hand-delivered his “notice of candidacy” and a check for the filing fee to the N.C. Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement in Raleigh. He is hoping to win the seat in the U.S. House of Representatives now held by Republican Mark Meadows. Price, 51, and his wife co-own a wood-recycling company in Dysartsville.

Also on Monday, District Attorney Ted Bell, a Republican, filed as a candidate for re-election at the state board in Raleigh. He is now the DA for the 29A Prosecutorial District, which covers McDowell and Rutherford counties. The 48-year-old Bell lives in Rutherfordton.

In addition, both state lawmakers who represent McDowell in Raleigh filed for re-election.

On Tuesday, N.C. Rep. Josh Dobson filed to seek another term in the state House of Representatives. He represents the 85th District, which includes Avery, Mitchell and McDowell. Dobson, 36, is a Republican and a resident of 649 South Creek Road in Nebo.

N.C. Sen. Ralph Hise also filed to seek another term in the state Senate. He represents the 47th District, which includes McDowell, Madison, Mitchell, Rutherford, Polk and Yancey. Hise, 41, is a Republican and a resident of Spruce Pine.

For more information on offices that will be on the 2018 General Election ballot or for amount of filing fees, contact Kimberly Welborn, director of elections at 652-7121, ext. 342.

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