Early voting begins

Seats open in Angier, Coats, Lillington; contested in Angier and Lillington

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Early voting opens in Harnett and Johnston counties Thursday for races in Angier, Coats, Lillington, Benson and Four Oaks.

Erwin municipal elections are postponed until next year.

The Harnett County Commons Area at 309 W. Cornelius Harnett Blvd. in Lillington will be open for early voters from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

In Johnston County, voters can cast their ballots early from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Johnston County Board of Elections office, 205 S. Second St., Smithfield.

The last chance to vote early at both sites will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30.

A photo ID will not be required to vote.

“A North Carolina superior court has permanently enjoined the law requiring photo ID for voting. Following a trial in April 2021, a three-judge panel in the Holmes v. Moore case concluded that the voter photo ID law violated the North Carolina Constitution,” according to the North Carolina State Board of Elections site. “The court’s decision, which was issued on Sept. 17, 2021, means that voters are not required to show photo ID in elections in North Carolina.”

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 2. Polls will be open that day from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Absentee-by-mail voting is also underway. The deadline to request a ballot is Oct. 26. 

Angier

Competition for two of three seats surfaced in Angier this year.

Incumbent Commissioner Loru Boyer Hawley faces challenger Addison Gray Allgood for the Ward 1 seat.

In Ward 3, James Joseph Kazakavage challenges Commissioner Mike Hill for a seat on the board.

George Colon Price Jr. is running unopposed to keep the Ward 4 seat he filled when Craig Honeycutt left the position in December.

Coats

Three commissioner seats and the mayor’s chair are up for grabs in Coats.

Mayor Chris Coats is running for reelection and incumbent Commissioners Jerry Beasley and Allen Mosby are seeking another term. Shirley Dianne Allen is also vying for a term on the board.

The candidates face no opposition heading into Election Day.

Lillington

Four council seats and the mayor’s chair are up for election in Lillington this November.

Mayor Glenn McFadden is running unopposed for another term. But the race to fill the four at-large council chairs heated up with five contenders.

Current Commissioners Dianne Johnson, Rupert Langdon, Danny Babb and Neil McPhail are vying for more time on the board. Political newcomer Ryan Licht is also running for a seat. Licht is studying economics and pursing a master’s in business administration degree at Campbell University.

McPhail and Babb joined the board in 2020 and July 7, respectively, to serve out the unexpired terms of Judy Breeden and Tim Stephens, who both died in office.

Four Oaks

Voters will be electing two commissioners and a mayor in Four Oaks this election. Current Mayor Pro Tem Vic Medlin, who works in sales at Axis Corrugated Container, is running unopposed for the mayor’s seat.

Incumbent Commissioners Mike Hines and John Hatch are also vying for another term without opposition.

Benson

The mayor’s chair and three commissioner seats are up for grabs in Benson.

Mayor Jerry Medlin and incumbent Commissioners Maxine Holley and William Neighbors are vying for another term on the board. Will T. Chandler is running for the last open seat.

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