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

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Welcome to The News & Observer’s Voter Guide for the 2021 Wake 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 races in Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Morrisville, Wake Forest and Zebulon. In Apex, there are six candidates running to fill three seats on the town council, and in Wendell, seven candidates are competing to fill three seats.

The names of candidates who completed our questionnaire are hyperlinked below so that N&O subscribers can read their answers to our questions about local issues such as COVID-19, town growth, their top priorities, and what life skills and experience make them the best candidate.

The early voting period runs through Oct. 30. Registered voters can vote early at the Wake County Board of Elections Office, 1200 N. New Hope Road, Raleigh, John M. Brown Community Center, 53 Hunter St., Apex, and Avery Street Recreation Center, 125 Avery St., Garner.

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 www.wakevotesearly.com. You can also contact the Board of Elections at 919-404-4040 or voter@wakegov.com.

If you have any questions or comments about this list, please contact reporter Anna Johnson at ajohnson@newsobserver.com.

The candidates are listed in alphabetical order.

APEX TOWN COUNCIL (Three seats)

Brett Gantt*

Ed Gray

Christine Hale

Audra Killingsworth*

Tim Powell

Gordon Williford

* incumbent

FUQUAY-VARINA MAYOR (One seat)

Richard Bridgers

William “Bill” Harris

Blake Massengill

Ty Ziglar

FUQUAY-VARINA BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS (Two seats)

Bryan Haynes

Tracy Watson

Jason Ora Wunsch*

* incumbent

GARNER TOWN COUNCIL (Two seats)

Kathy Behringer*

Gra Singleton*

Rachel Tourdot

* incumbent

HOLLY SPRINGS MAYOR (One seat)

Christine Kelly

Sean Mayefskie

HOLLY SPRINGS TOWN COUNCIL (Three seats)

Kristi Bennett

Dan Berry*

Jahmar Cobb

Timothy Forest

Carrie Randa

Susan Smith

* incumbent

KNIGHTDALE MAYOR (One seat)

Charles Bullock Sr.

Jessica Day*

* incumbent

KNIGHTDALE TOWN COUNCIL (Three seats)

Steve Evans

Latatious Morris*

Chris Parker

Mark Swan*

* incumbent

MORRISVILLE MAYOR (One seat)

TJ Cawley*

Liz Johnson

* incumbent

MORRISVILLE TOWN COUNCIL, AT-LARGE (One seat)

Steve S. Rao*

James “Jim” Semmens

* incumbent

MORRISVILLE TOWN COUNCIL, DISTRICT 2 (One seat)

Donna Fender*

* incumbent

MORRISVILLE TOWN COUNCIL, DISTRICT 4 (One seat)

Patty Wei-Pei Cheng

Vicki Scroggins-Johnson*

* incumbent

ROLESVILLE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS (Three seats)

Dan Tyrone Alston

Steven D. Dieckhaus

April Sneed*

Paul Vilga*

Jacky Wilson*

* incumbent

WAKE FOREST MAYOR (One seat)

Vivian Jones*

Bridget Wall-Lennon

* incumbent

WAKE FOREST BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS (Two seats)

Patrick Griffin

Michael Molinaro

R. Keith Shackleford

Liz Simpers*

Nick Sliwinski

* incumbent

WENDELL BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS (Three seats)

Dean Eatman

Michael Firstbrook

Braxton Davis Honeycutt

Jason Joyner*

Jon Lutz*

Josh Sledge

Allison Yeargin

* incumbent

ZEBULON MAYOR(One seat)

Patrick Bolger

Glenn York

ZEBULON BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS (Two seats)

Beverly Wall Clark*

Kacie Germano

Quentin Miles

Annie Jean Moore*

* incumbent

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