Mayor, two commissioner seats will be up for grabs

This is a municipal election year and filing begins Friday for the fall voting in six Craven County towns, including Havelock.

Filing opens at noon Friday and continues through noon on July 21 at the Craven County Board of Elections, located inside the county administration building at 406 Craven St., in New Bern.

This is considered an off-year election, municipality-based, with no county commissioner, state or national seats on the ballot.

Melonie Wray, the Craven County elections director, said the towns pay individually for the county to handle their elections. She said turnout for municipal elections is traditionally low, usually in the 20 percent range.

In Havelock, the election includes the mayor’s seat and two city commissioner spots, all of which are four-year terms. Currently, Will Lewis is the mayor and he said he would be seeking a second term and filing for re-election.

Commissioner seats currently held by George Corbin and Brenda Wilson are also up for election. Corbin was appointed in July 2015 to fill the seat of Jim Stuart, who stepped down after having a stroke and later passed away. Wilson would be seeking a second term to her board seat.

The election is set for Nov. 7.

Those interested in filing to run for either Havelock mayor or commissioner will have to pay a $5 filing fee.

Two of the five First Craven Sanitary District seats are also available in Craven County, including a vacancy and the seat now held by Cicero W. “Billy” Gaskins Jr.

As for voters, the voter registration deadline is Oct. 13. Early, one-stop absentee voting is scheduled to begin Oct. 19 and run through Nov. 4. The last day to request an absentee vote by mail is Oct. 31. Polls open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m. for the election on Nov. 7.

For more information on the election, call the Craven County Board of Elections at 636-6610 or go online to www.cravencountync.gov/departments/elc.cfm.