By CALVIN ADKINS
THE DAILY SOUTHERNER
With five more days remaining to file for the 2013 municipal election, the Edgecombe County Board of Elections is bracing for a busy week.
So far, 20 candidates have filed, including nine incumbents. Seats that are yet to be filed for are Princeville Ward 4, currently held by Isabelle Purvis-Andrews and Tarboro Town Council Ward 7, held by Taro Knight.
All but one of the incumbent mayors have filed — Princeville's Priscilla Everette-Oates. Milton Bullock has filed for that seat.
Incumbent mayor Linda Ingram has filed for her Conetoe post, and Tarboro Ward 3 councilman Rick Page has filed for mayor. Page is hoping to replace Donald Morris, who chose not to run. Stephen Burnette has filed for Page's seat.
Two Tarboro council seats are contested. with Ward 5 incumbent Candis Owens being challenged by former Ward 5 councilman John Jenkins and Ward 1 incumbent Gerrelene Walker facing retired Tarboro police officer Carl Benson.
Only two seats are up for election in Pinetops and incumbents Suzanne L. Craig and Joyce Tolson have filed for reelection.
The first day of filing, July 5, was perhaps the biggest with eight candidates filing. Since then 12 more candidates have filed.
“It has been going smoothly so far,” said Jerry Spruell, Edgecombe County Board of Elections director. “Just about every seat has been filed for and we still have another week to go.”
Filing will continue until noon Friday with the election is slated for Tuesday, Nov. 5.
CANDIDATES (listed by municipality)
Jesse Pettaway Conetoe commissioner
Linda Ingram Conetoe mayor
Mike Keel Macclesfield mayor
Trey Lewis Macclesfield mayor
Suzanne L. Craig Pinetops commissioner
Joyce Tolson Pinetops commissioner
Milton Bullock Princeville mayor
Calvin Sherrod Princeville Ward 4
Ruben Blackwell Rocky Mount Ward 2
Tamisha Patterson Rocky Mount Ward 3
Lamont Wiggins Rocky Mount Ward 3
Stephen Burnette Tarboro Ward 3
Gerrelene Walker Tarboro Ward 1
John Jenkins Tarboro Ward 2
Carl Benson Tarboro Ward 1
Rick Page Tarboro mayor
Candis Owens Tarboro Ward 2
George Albert Wright Jr. Whitakers commissioner
Frances Lynch Whitaker commissioner
Doris Lindsey Whitakers commissioner