Use The N&O Voter Guide to research candidates running in Johnston County elections

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Welcome to The News & Observer’s Voter Guide for the 2021 Johnston County municipal elections.

We have reached out to all of the candidates running for mayor, town board and town council, and asked them to complete a candidate questionnaire.

This election features mayoral contests in several towns, including contested, three-candidate races in Kenly and Wilson’s Mills. In Clayton, there are six candidates running to fill three seats on the town council, and in Selma, eight candidates are competing to fill two seats.

This year’s election is also seeing a number of former office-holders returning to the ballot seeking another term in office.

In Selma, former Council members Tommy Holmes and William Overby are competing against six first-time candidates to fill just two vacant seats.

Both David Grady and Tooie Hales have previously served as mayor of Kenly, and now they’re in a three-person race to become the town’s next mayor.

The names of candidates who responded to our questionnaire are hyperlinked below so that N&O subscribers can read their answers to our questions about local issues such as stability and town growth, their top priorities, and what life skills and experience make them the best candidate.

The early voting period runs from Oct. 14 to Oct. 30. Registered voters can vote early at the Johnston County Board of Elections, 205 S. Second Street, Smithfield. One stop early voting will be available during the early voting period between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays, and on Saturday, Oct. 30, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

If you’re voting by mail, you also have the option of returning your absentee ballot to the board of elections in person. Requests to vote by mail must be received by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26.

The last day to register to vote was Friday, Oct. 8, but if you live in one of the municipalities below that has an election this year, you can visit the board of elections during the early voting period and complete same-day registration.

More information about early voting, registration, polling places, and requesting an absentee ballot can be found at johnstonnc.com/joconcelections. You can also contact the Board of Elections at 919-989-5095 or elections@johnstonnc.com.

If you have any questions or comments about this list, please contact reporter Avi Bajpai at abajpai@newsobserver.com.

The candidates are listed in alphabetical order.

ARCHER LODGE TOWN COUNCIL (Two seats)

Teresa Bruton*

Mark B. Wilson*

* incumbent

BENSON MAYOR

Jerry M. Medlin*

* incumbent

BENSON TOWN COMMISSIONERS AT-LARGE (Three seats)

Will T. Chandler

Maxine Peacock Holley*

William Neighbors*

* incumbent

CLAYTON TOWN COUNCIL (Three seats)

Andria Archer

Porter Casey Jr.

Alsey J. Gilbert

Michael Grannis*

Bob Satterfield

Michael (Mike) Sims

* incumbent

FOUR OAKS MAYOR

Vic Medlin

FOUR OAKS BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS (Two seats)

John G. Hatch*

Mike Hines*

* incumbent

KENLY MAYOR

David L. Grady

H.L. (Tooie) Hales

Thomas Wood

KENLY TOWN COUNCIL (Two seats)

Trinity Henderson*

Mark Smith

* incumbent

MICRO MAYOR

Walter (Jay) Warren, Jr.*

* incumbent

MICRO TOWN BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS (Three seats)

Russell Creech*

Marty E. Parnell*

Kevin Worley*

* incumbent

PINE LEVEL MAYOR

Jay Jeffrey Holt*

* incumbent

PINE LEVEL BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS (Four seats)

Greg Baker*

Jimmy F. Garner*

Phil Pittman*

William H. (Bill) Radford*

* incumbent

PRINCETON MAYOR

Donald B. Rains*

* incumbent

PRINCETON BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS (Two seats)

Ashley Boyette

Michael Edwin Holmes

Broderick Robinson*

Jimmy L. Tart, Jr.

* incumbent

SELMA MAYOR

Byron McAllister

SELMA TOWN COUNCIL (Two seats)

Monica Antes

Tommy Holmes

Kayla Jentes-Sagester

Troy LaPlante

Bruce McKay

Rich Nixon

William Overby

Amy W. Whitley

WILSON’S MILLS MAYOR

Fleta A. Byrd

Shawn Fritz

Phillip R. Wright*

* incumbent

WILSON’S MILLS TOWN COUNCIL

Tim Brown*

Randy N. Jernigan*

David J. McGowan*

* incumbent

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