Nine file to run for town council; Scott, McRae to battle for mayor

Franklin N.C. Town Hall photo by Vickie Carpenter

Filing for the Town of Franklin municipal elections concluded on Friday, July 19, at noon. 

Filing for the position of mayor remains unchanged from last week with no new candidates on the ballot. Running is current mayor Bob Scott and town council member Barbara McRae. Scott has served three terms as mayor. The office of mayor is a two-year term.  

Seven more candidates filed to run for town council before the July 19 deadline. Joining current town council members Dinah Mashburn and Joe Collins on the ballot are Daniel  Coates, Charles Kevin Klatt, Jack Horton, Michael Anthony Lewis, current council member Brandon McMahan, Peter Mosco and Timothy Wright.  Adam Kimsey did not file for re-election. The term of council member is for four years. 

Filing for the Highlands board of commisioners are: John Michael Dotson, Jonathan Hehn, Nicolaus McCall, Eric Pierson, Michael Rogers, Henry P. Ross Jr. and Brian Stiehler.

The Municipal Election for 2019 will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019.  A Municipal Election is an election held for towns, cities or other special districts. Only residents of these municipalities and districts (are registered to vote and live inside the city limits) are eligible to vote in these elections. These elections are held in odd-numbered years.

Important dates

Absentee by mail Oct. 6-29, 2019.

Voter registration deadline is Oct. 11, 2019.

One-Stop Early Voting Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019-Friday, Nov. 1, 2019.  

Early voting will no longer be held in the Macon County Courthouse.  The new location for early voting will be the Macon County Community Building, 1288 Georgia Road, Franklin.  The Board of Elections Office will be sending out notification to all voters per G.S.

The second location for Early Voting will be in Highlands at the Civics Center, 600 4th Street, Highlands.

Hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., in both locations.