More file for city school board

By Andy Winemiller -

DOBSON — Two additional incumbents have filed for re-election in November’s general election.

On Tuesday Mount Airy Board of Education Chairwoman Wendy J. Carriker filed to keep her post in Mount Airy’s District D, which includes Mount Airy precincts six and seven.

Carriker, 59, was first appointed to the board in 1996, and she has served as the board’s chair since 2004.

Board member Mike Marion, 50, who was appointed to his post in 2015, will mount a bid to be retained in his District B seat in November. He filed Wednesday afternoon.

Board member Kate Appler, 62, filed for re-election on Friday, the first day of the municipal filing period.

As of Wednesday, nobody had filed in District A, a position held by Phil Thacker.

The filing period for the Mount Airy Board of Education ends at noon on Aug. 5.

Like the school board positions, the period for filing for other seats throughout the the county also began on July 1.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Richard Brinegar and Haley McCoin Sullivan had filed to retain their seats on the Elkin Board of Education. If nobody files in opposition by noon on Aug. 8, the two incumbents will enjoy unopposed victories in November.

In Dobson, three incumbent town commissioners have filed for re-election. As of Wednesday, Dobson Board of Commissioners members Vonda Comer, Todd Dockery and Robin Testerman will also head into November unopposed.

The terms of two commissioners in Pilot Mountain — Kimberly Quinn and Cordie Armstrong — will also come to an end in 2017. Quinn filed for re-election on the first day of the filing period, and Armstrong had yet to file as of Wednesday.

Sam Bishop has filed to run for mayor in Elkin, and Tommy Wheeler has filed to run for one of two openings on the Elkin Board of Commissioners.

The filing period for municipal seats in Dobson, Elkin and Pilot Mountain ends at noon on July 15.

By Andy Winemiller

Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.

Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.

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