DOBSON —The race to fill the seat of the late Garry Scearce on the Board of Commissioners is set.
Two city residents — a Republican and a Democrat — have filed paperwork with the Board of Elections announcing they intend to run for the seat in November.
Susan Jarrell, the director of the county Board of Elections, said Democrat John K. Collins and Republican Larry R. Phillips have filed the necessary documents to challenge one another for the empty seat.
Phillips was chosen by the board last week to fill the seat and is set to be sworn in Tuesday to fill the seat until the election can be held in November. He will serve in the temporary capacity until Dec. 4.
State law mandates that the person who fills the empty seat be a member of the same political party and reside in the same district as Scearce.
Scearce, who served on the board for an incomplete term but was elected vice chairman by the other commissioners, died on July 22, following a prolonged battle with cancer.