The filing period for the 2018 elections kicked off Monday with a number of people throwing their hats in the ring.
The filing period started at noon on Monday and near the end of the day, the following filed to run as candidates at the McDowell County Board of Elections:
• Ricky Buchanan for sheriff of McDowell County. The 43-year-old Buchanan is a Republican and this is his first attempt at seeking elected office. He has an address of P.O. Box 3026, Marion and lives in the Pleasant Gardens community. He is now the chief deputy with the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office.
• Greg Barksdale for the Marion District seat on the McDowell County School Board. The 55-year-old Barksdale is seeking re-election. He is a resident of 19 Woodland Drive. He is a driver education specialist for the state and his responsibilities are auditing and oversight of the professional driving schools in western North Carolina and training driver’s ed teachers and bus drivers.
• Terry Frank for the Glenwood District seat on the School Board. The 61-year-old Frank is seeking re-election. He is a resident of 83 Heatherwood Drive in Marion and is retired from the N.C. Highway Patrol.
• David Nelson Walker for the McDowell County Commission. Walker, 48, is seeking re-election as a commissioner and is a Republican. He is a resident of 160 W. Payne Road in Marion and is the branch manager for Allied Financial.
• Bob Brackett for the Nebo seat on the School Board. Brackett, 74, is seeking another term. He is a resident of 590 Deacon Drive in Nebo and is retired.
• Melissa Adams for the McDowell Clerk of Superior Court. Adams, 48, is seeking re-election to the office and is a Republican. She is a resident of 2830 Hankins Road and currently holds the office of Clerk of Court.
• Cheryl Swofford for the N.C. Senate, District 47 seat. Swofford is 70 years old and this is her first attempt at seeking elected office. She is a Democrat and a resident of 716 Rutherford Road in Marion. She is retired.
• Matthew Crawford for the McDowell County Commission. Crawford, 32, is seeking re-election as a commissioner and is a Republican. He is a resident of 140 Perry St. in Marion. He is employed as the building inspector for the city of Marion.
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.
The filing period ends at noon Wednesday, Feb. 28.
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.