The filing period ended Friday in Carteret County with Newport lacking enough candidates for all the races.
Jim “Mac” McCoy filed as a candidate for Newport commissioner Friday, becoming the first and only candidate to file for the town’s upcoming election.
Long-time Mayor Derryl Garner chose not to seek re-election after serving 36 years in office, leaving the mayor’s seat wide open. Two council seats also are open and neither of the incumbent commissioners filed to keep their seats.
“It was really busy the last two hours but still had two seats without a candidate,” said Carteret County Elections Director Lindy Lewis.
Lewis said elections officials checked with the State Board of Elections attorney to see how to proceed.
With only one candidate and three open seats as the filing period officially came to a close at noon, elections officials sought direction from the State Board of Elections on how to proceed. Under statute, the local Board of Elections unanimously agreed to extend the filing period for the two seats in the Newport race for five days.
Any Newport resident wishing to file for either mayor or one of the council seats can do so beginning Monday, until Friday, at the Board of Elections office in Beaufort. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The filing period for the Newport seats will not be extended beyond Friday.
If any seats remain unfilled after the extension, they will be filled by the option to write in a candidate on the Newport ballot in November, Lewis said.