Five file to run in Marion, Old Fort; sign-up period continues until noon Friday

With only one more week to go, just five candidates, all of whom are incumbents, have stepped forward to seek elected office in Marion and Old Fort.

This year, voters in both municipalities will be asked to choose some of their leaders. The filing period for the Marion and Old Fort elections started at noon on Friday, July 5 and will come to an end at noon on Friday, July 19.

That means there is only a week left for interested persons to file as candidates in the Marion and Old Fort elections.

In the Marion race, two seats on the City Council are up for election this year.

Billy S. Martin, 69, of 350 Holly Hill Drive will run again for the council. First elected in 1995, he is now the mayor pro tem for Marion. He is retired after a career in education.

Don Ramsey, 68, of 188 Hillcrest Drive will also seek another term. He is retired after a career in law enforcement and the court system. He served as the clerk of Superior Court for 12 years before he was elected to the City Council.

So far, no one else has filed to run for these council seats.

In the Old Fort race, three seats on the Board of Aldermen are up for grabs this year.

Andrew Carlton, 57, of 45 Cole St. will seek another term on the Board of Aldermen. He now serves as the mayor pro tem for Old Fort. Carlton is employed as an injection molding specialist at Leviton.

Jamie Grindstaff, 51, of 543 E. Main St. is running for another term on the Board of Aldermen. Grindstaff is employed as a correctional officer and has served multiple terms as an alderman.

Likewise, Jimmie Harris, 87, of 427 E. Main St. is again a candidate for the board. He served two terms as an alderman from 1995 to 2003 and again more recently. He is retired.

So far, no one else has filed to run for these aldermen seats.

Persons interested in filing to run for these offices may do so at the McDowell County Board of Elections in the County Administration Building at 60 E. Court St. in Marion. The fee to file as a candidate is $5, according to the county election officials.

Election Day will be Nov. 5.

For further information on offices that will be on the 2019 Municipal Election ballot, contact Kimberly Welborn, director of elections at 652-7121, ext. 342.

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