Incumbent Havelock Commissioner Will Lewis has filed to run for mayor in the Nov. 5 city election.
Lewis will be challenging incumbent Jimmy Sanders, who filed his paperwork to seek election last week. Lewis filed on Tuesday afternoon.
Sanders faced a challenger in 2009 for city mayor and held back Chuck Bernard by 13 votes.
Sanders, a former city commissioner who had also served as mayor when elected in 1995, has been Havelock’s mayor since 2005 when he left his commissioner seat to run against Matthew Jones.
Lewis, who became the city’s youngest commissioner when elected in 2005 at the age of 28, had earlier said he was undecided about running for a third term as commissioner when the filing period opened on July 8.
Along with the position of mayor, two commissioner seats are also up for grabs in the upcoming election, the one currently held by Lewis and the other held by Jim Stuart.
Stuart, who had said early that he was leaning toward not running for re-election, filed to keep his commissioner seat on Thursday. Two other residents have filed to run for city commissioner, George Corbin and Brenda Wilson.
The deadline to file to run for election is noon on Friday.
Election filing takes place at the Board of Elections Office in the Craven County Administrative Building at 406 Craven St., in New Bern. The filing period closes at noon on Friday.
Prospective candidates must pay a $5 cash filing fee. Candidates are required to complete a notice of candidacy and organize their committees. They have to be registered to vote and have to live in the district in which they file for office.
The city election is Nov. 5, with voter registration deadline set for Oct. 11.
For more information on election filing, call the Craven County Board of Elections at 636-6610.