2018 elections cycle begins with early candidate filings

Some local races will have primaries in May

Chairman Joseph Burleson, third from left, has filed for re-election.

ALBEMARLE — Filing for primary elections began Monday across the state and 11 candidates filed in Stanly County elections.

N.C. House District 67, currently represented by five-term incumbent Justin Burr, will have a GOP primary challenger in Wayne Sasser who filed as a Republican for the seat on Monday. Burr is currently in Raleigh but says he plans to file later this week when he returns to the district.

Five County Commissioner seats are up for re-election. Seats held by Chairman Joseph Burleson, Vice Chairman Gene McIntyre, Scott Efrid, Bill Lawhon and Jan Lowder are all up for re-election this year.

Chairman Burleson, Commissioner Efrid, and Commissioner Lawhon, filed for re-election on Monday and all are registered Republicans.

“I am proud of the work our commission has done during my first term, and I hope that the voters will vote for me on May 8 so that I can continue to work for our community’s future,” said Burleson. “During my first term, we haven’t raised taxes and we kept our promise to spend tax dollars wisely.”

Lane Furr filed to run as a Republican for the Stanly County Board of Commissioners At-Large seat. The seat is currently held by Jan Lowder, who has not yet announced her intentions for 2018. Furr is from Stanfield and runs Pro-Tire in Albemarle.

Benton Dry, who serves on the Albemarle City Council, filed for re-election in District 2 as a Democrat.

Jeff Crisco filed to run for Stanly County sheriff as a Republican. The position is currently held by George Burris, who has not yet filed for re-election but has previously expressed his intention to seek another term.

Two Republicans filed for Clerk of Superior Court on Monday. Michael Huneycutt, the incumbent, will face newcomer Michael Greene in the GOP primary.

Anthony Graves filed for the Board of Education at-large seat as a Republican. Todd Swaringen currently holds the position.

District 1 on the Board of Education is also on the ballot in 2018. Sherry Vaughn currently holds the seat but did not file on Monday. John Edwards filed as a Republican to run to fill this seat on Monday.

The primary election for all of these positions will be held on May 8th, 2018. Stanly County Board of Elections is updating their website everyday right before closing time to show who filed for elections within the county. Filing ends February 28th at 12 p.m.