by the YES! Weekly Staff

Items from across the Triad and beyond

Candidates crowd ballot as filing period winds down

Earl Jones, ousted as representative of NCHouse District 60 in the Democratic primary twoyears ago, is seeking a rematch with the seat’scurrent occupant, Rep. Marcus Brandon. Joneshad represented the district, which harnessespredominantly African-American areas of HighPoint and Greensboro through rural corridorof Guilford County, since 2003. Jones filed onMonday and Brandon announced earlier that hewould seek reelection.

Libertarian Kent Wilsey of Greensboro is challengingRepublican John Blust for House District62, covering northwest Guilford.Jeremy Williams of High Point and HankHenning of Jamestown — both Republicans— filed to run for Guilford County Commissionin District 6, which hugs Interstate 40 at thewestern end of the county, on Monday.

Sharon Kasica, who describes herself as asmall business owner, filed to run for NC HouseDistrict 59. The active Republican Party memberand Guilford County native is running againstRepublican Jon Hardister.Larry Sharp, a Greensboro Libertarian,filed to run for the 6th Congressional District.Incumbent Howard Coble has filed for reelectionto the seat, along with fellow RepublicansBilly Yow of Greensboro and Jim Allen ofBurlington.

Incumbent and Eden resident Phil Berger, themost powerful member of the NC Senate, willface off against fellow Republican Bobby Cofferof Browns Summit in District 26.Greensboro resident Tammy Walker threwher hat in against three others for the at-largeseat on the Guilford County School Board.

PaulDaniels filed for reelection in District 5, wherehe faces two challengers, and incumbentsCarlveena Foster and Amos Quick filed forreelection in districts 1 and 9 respectively.Wayne Patterson, president of the ForsythCounty NAACP, filed on Monday for the NCHouse District 72 seat being vacated by EarlineParmon, who is running for NC Senate District32. And on Tuesday, Ed Hanes joined the race.

Patterson and Hanes’ entry creates a competitivethree-way contest in the Democratic leaning,heavily African-American district, which coversmuch of northeast Winston-Salem. JimmieBonham, a Parmon ally, had already filed for theseat.

All three candidates are previous aspirantsto public office. Patterson ran unsuccessfullyfor Winston-Salem City Council in 2009, Hanesfailed to unseat Sen. Linda Garrou in SenateDistrict 32 in 2010, and Bonham fell short ofwinning a seat on the Winston-Salem/ForsythCounty School Board, also in 2010.Charlie Mellies is the sole Republican in theHouse District 72 race.

In House District 74, which stretches acrossthe northern portion of Forsyth County, DebraConrad and Larry Brown have competition froma third Republican, Glenn L. Cobb, to fill theseat vacated by Dale Folwell. Two Democrats,John C. Gladman and David W. Moore, havealso entered the race. Gladman, who serves asassistant director for emergency shelter at theSalvation Army of Winston-Salem, ran unsuccessfullyfor Forsyth County Commission in2008.

Republican Gene Lowder threw in for thecrowded race for the three seats up for grabs inthe Republican-leaning District B on the ForsythCounty Commission, along with incumbentsRichard Linville, Gloria Whisenhunt and DavidPlyler; and fellow challengers Mark Baker, JohnR. Bost and Bob Prescott.

Mike Beitler of Oak Ridge is among a fieldof three Republicans challenging Democraticincumbent Elaine Marshall for NC secretary ofstate. Beitler ran as a Libertarian for US Senatein 2010, while Marshall won the Democraticnomination in the race.

Both candidates lost toincumbent Republican Richard Burr.Filing closes for most races on Wednesday,but has been extended for districts 4, 5, 6 and 8on the Guilford County Commission until March9.