Two commissioner seats, mayor are up for a vote

Filing for a seat in the upcoming city election has already started generating interest, and candidate filing is still a few weeks away.

Meloni Wray, director of elections, said she has already received several calls from people wanting to know how they can run for office, what they need to do and when they can file for a seat.

“The only calls I’m getting from the municipalities is from people who are already elected officials, mostly wanting to know when filing begins,” Wary said.

In Havelock, the 2017 election will feature three positions – the mayor’s seat currently occupied by Will Lewis, and two commissioner seats, one occupied by George Corbin and the other by Brenda Wilson.

Anyone interested in running for one of those seats can file to run for election beginning at noon July 7 at the Craven County Board of Elections in the county administration building in downtown New Bern. Candidate filing ends at noon on July 21. The candidate filing fee is $5.

The election is scheduled for Nov. 7.

Also on the Nov. 7 ballot will be two seats for the First Craven Sanitary District.

Wray said with the interest in the elections picking up, potential candidates need to be aware of the rules and regulations of running for public office.

“Many people think that filing for a candidacy is synonymous with setting up a committee, and it’s not,” Wray said. “People need to realize that before they make a public announcement that they are running, they are supposed to set up a committee.”

The committee can be as few as one person and is really a matter of filling out paperwork on the planned campaign organization and filing it with the Board of Elections, Wray said.

If a person has announced publicly they are running for public office, has accepted money or spent money in support of a candidacy, opened a bank account for their campaign, or filed for candidacy at the Board of Elections office, the organizational forms have to be completed within 10 days, according to the Board of Elections.

For more information, visit the Board of Elections office at 406 Craven St., in New Bern, call 636-6610 or go to the elections website at www.cravencountync.gov/departments/elc.cfm.