Three candidates file to run for Marion, Old Fort offices

On the first day of the filing period, three candidates stepped forward to officially declare their plans to seek elected office in Marion and Old Fort.

This year, voters in both municipalities will be asked to choose some of their leaders.

In the Marion race, the two incumbents filed to run for another term on the City Council.

Billy S. Martin, 69, of 350 Holly Hill Drive filed Friday to 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 also filed the same day to run for 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.

In the Old Fort, another incumbent is seeking re-election.

Andrew Carlton, 57, of 45 Cole St. filed Friday to 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.

The 2019 municipal election will be held in both Marion and Old Fort and the candidate filing period started Friday at noon. It will end Friday, July 19 at noon. 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.

In Marion, two seats on the City Council are up for election this year. These seats are now held by Martin and Ramsey.

In Old Fort, three seats on the Board of Alderman will be contested. These seats are now held by Carlton, Jamie Grindstaff and Jimmie Harris.

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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