Election field is set; five guaranteed election

Mar. 01, 2014 @ 04:44 PM

Election filing closed Friday and the field is set for the May primary.

For the first time in several years, the largely Republican political field has Democrat challengers.

Democrat Kim Hargett of Marshville filed to run for the N.C. House of Representatives District 55 seat held by Rep. Mark Brody of Monroe.

Current Indian Trail Councilman Christopher King filed as the lone Democrat running for Union County Board of Commissioners. He faces off in November with the three Republican nominees who will be decided in the May primary. Of the three commissioners whose terms are ending, only Vice Chairman Jerry Simpson of Waxhaw filed to run for a second term. Three former county commissioners - Tracy Kuehler of Waxhaw, Stony Rushing of Monroe and Richard Stone of Marshville- also filed on the Republican ticket. Two sitting elected officials filed for county commission - Union County Board of Education member Sherry Hodges of Weddington and Indian Trail Mayor Michael Alvarez. Lance Simpson of Indian Trail, Kim Ormiston of Weddington and Clint Laster of Marvin round out the Republican ticket.

Union County Sheriff’ Eddie Cathey of Monroe filed for reelection on the Republican ticket. Tim Phillips of Monroe also filed for the Republican nomination for sheriff.  Democrats candidates Sandra Peterson of Hemby Bridge and Jason Miles of Monroe will compete for their party’s nomination for the November sheriff’s election.

District 36 Rep. Fletcher Harsell of Corcord and Fred Biggers of Concord filed for the Republican nomination. Neither would face a Democratic challenger in November.

Some officials will have no competition for another term. Union County Clerk of Court J.R. Rowell of Monroe runs unopposed, as does Union County District Attorney Patrick Stanley “Trey” Robison of Indian Trail. District 68 Rep. Craig Horn of Weddington, District 69 Rep. Dean Arp of Monroe and District 35 Sen. Tommy Tucker of Waxhaw were the only ones to file for their respective races.

In national races, incumbent Sen. Kay Hagan has one Democrat challengers in May in the form of Will Stewart from Hampstead and Earnest T. Reeves of Greenville. State Sen. Thom Tillis from Cornelius entered the race against Hagan, but he faces several other candidates for the Republican nomination. Jim Snyder from Lexington, Edward Kryn from Clayton, Mark Harris from Raleigh, Heather Grant from Wilkesboro, Greg Brannon from Raleigh,Ted Alexander from Shelby and Alex Lee Bradshaw of Icard have also added their names to the list of hopeful candidates. Libertarian candidates Sean Haugh of Durham and Tim D’Annunzio of Raeford also filed.

Incumbent Richard Hudson from Concord will face Antonio Blue from Hamlet in November for the U.S. House of Representatives District 8 seat.

U.S. House of Representatives District 9 incumbent Robert Pittenger from Charlotte faces fellow Republican Michael Steinburg from Matthews.

All but one judicial incumbent face opponents in November. N.C. Supreme Court Associate Judge Robin Hudson of Raleigh will appear on the ticket with Jeanette Doran of Raleigh and Eric Levinson of Charlotte. N.C. Supreme Court Associate Judge Bob Hunter of Raleigh faces Sam J. Ervin IV of Morganton. N.C. Supreme Court Associate Judge Cheri Beasley of Raleigh faces Bill Southern from Winston-Salem. N.C. Court of Appeals Judge Mark Davis of Raleigh faces Paul Holcombe of Clayton.

Only N.C. Court of Appeals Judge Donna Stroud of Garner runs unopposed.