Six file to seek office

Feb. 11, 2014 @ 03:45 PM

Filing for the 2014 election began Monday. 

As of Tuesday afternoon, six candidates had filed to run.

For the county commission, Richard Stone, Stony Rushing and Sherry Hodges all filed to run as Republicans.

Sheriff Eddie Cathey filed for re-election as a Republican and challenger Sandra Peterson filed to run as a Democrat.

Senator Tommy Tucker filed to run for re-election as the state senator for District 35. He filed to run as a Republican.

On the federal level, Rep. Richard Hudson (R-8) filed for re-election Monday. Hudson was recently named one of the most conservative members of the House of Representatives by the National Journal. 

“I am running for re-election to continue the fight against failed policies like Obamacare and to push for common sense solutions in Congress like a balanced budget amendment and real job creation,” Hudson said in a statement. “Now more than ever, we

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need conservative leaders who will stand up against Washington’s big-government agenda and put power back into the hands of the American people.”

Hodges is an incumbent at-large member of the board of education. Her term on the school board expires this year. 

The filing period for federal, state and county offices will run until noon on Feb. 28. The primary will be May 6 and the general election is Nov. 4.

The filing period for the Union County Board of Education runs from June 25 until Friday, July 27 at noon, according to the Union County Board of Elections’ website. 

The filing period for Soil and Water Supervisors will run from June 9 until noon on July 7, according to the board of elections’ website.

This year, on the federal level, the Senate seat currently held by Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) is up for re-election. Senators serve a six-year term. The 8th and 9th district House of Representatives seats, currently held by Hudson and Robert Pittenger (R-9), respectively, are also up for re-election and will serve two-year terms. 

The District 20b District Attorney office, currently held by Trey Robison (R), is up for re-election this year. The district attorney serves a four-year term. 

On the state level, all legislators serve a two-year term. The 35th District state senate seat, currently held by Tommy Tucker and the 36th District senate seat, currently held by Fletcher Hartsell are up for re-election. Both are republicans.

The 55th, 68th and 69th District seats, currently held by Republicans Mark Brody, Craig Horn and Dean Arp, respectively are also up for re-election. 

On the county level, the county commissioner seats currently held by Republicans Todd Johnson, Jerry Simpson and Jonathan Thomas are up for re-election. The commissioners serve four-year terms. 

The sheriff serves a four-year term and that position, currently held by Eddie Cathey (R), is up for re-election. The clerk of superior court office, currently held by J.R. Rowell (R), is also up for re-election and serves a four-year term. 

Four seats will be open on the board of education. School board members serve for four years. It is a non-partisian board.

The District 3 seat, currently held by Chairman Richard Yercheck, will be up for re-election. The seat was filled two years ago when Dean Arp vacated the seat to run for state representative. Yercheck was elected in a special election and has only served for two years. 

District 4, currently served by Rick Pigg and District 6, currently served by Marce Savage will be up for re-election, as well as the at-large seat currently held by Hodges. 

Two soil and water supervisor positions are open. They are currently held by James Willis Cook and Norris Jeffrey. The office has a four-year term.