An incumbent for county commission and a newcomer hoping to unseat a congressman both filed for candidacy this week.

Tony Brown, 62, of 658 Hoyle Orchard Drive in Old Fort, has filed to run for re-election as county commissioner for McDowell. If elected, this will be Brown’s second term. He is registered as a Republican. Brown is a N.C. general contractor, a U.S. Navy veteran, member of Zion Hill Baptist Church and involved in various committee and boards in the county.

Three seats on the McDowell County Commission are up for election. They are held by Republican incumbents Brown, David Walker and Matthew Crawford, who have all filed for re-election.

Dr. D. Scott Donaldson, 52, of 206 Crooked Creek Road in Hendersonville, is vying for a democratic seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Donaldson is an urologist surgeon and chief of staff at Pardee Hospital. He is a member of Grace Mills River Church, and serves as a committee and board member for Young Life, First Contact and HopeRx. He hosts a radio show called “Just Sayin” on 95.3 WTZQ-FM and 1600 WTZQ-AM, which can be heard four times a day Monday through Friday. To find out more information on Donaldson, visit

As of now, Donaldson will face off against Democrat Phillip Price of McDowell County for the 11th Congressional District, which encompasses most of western North Carolina.

The seat is held by Republican Mark Meadows, who has filed for re-election.

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. Filing for continues until noon on Wednesday, Feb. 28.

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