First to file

Published 11:55 pm Monday, December 2, 2019

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Filing for 2020 election began Monday at noon


COLUMBUS—A few people filed to run for county offices on Monday when the filing opened at noon. 

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Incumbent commissioner Myron Yoder (R), appointed commissioner David Moore (R) and newcomer Andre Overholt (R) were the first to file for three open seats of the Polk County Board of Commissioner. 

Incumbent Register of Deeds Sheila Whitmire (R) also filed Monday at noon. 

Danielle Gibbs, who was appointed to fill the seat of the late Geoffrey Tennant on the Polk County School Board, also filed to run for election on Monday, as well as incumbent Polk County School Board Chairman Rick Covil and incumbent county commissioner Ray Gasperson (D). 

Filing will be open until Friday, Dec. 20 and can be done at the Polk County Board of Elections, located on the second floor of the Womack building in Columbus. 

For county commissioner, the seats of Ray Gasperson (D), Yoder (R) and Jake Johnson (R) are up for re-election. Johnson resigned this summer after being appointed as a state representative following the resignation of Cody Henson. The county appointed Moore to fill Johnson’s seat. 

Johnson filed for state representative Monday afternoon.

The Polk County Register of Deeds is also up for re-election as well as open Polk County School Board seats and Polk County Soil and Water Conservation Supervisor seats. 

A primary for state, federal and county seats will be held on March 3, 2020. There will be no primary election for school board or the soil and water conservation supervisor positions. The general election will be held in November 2020. 

During the primary in March, Polk County voters will be selecting a presidential candidate; U.S. Senate; N.C. Governor; N.C. Lieutenant Governor; N.C. Auditor; N.C. Commissioner of Agriculture; N.C. Commissioner of Insurance; N.C. Commissioner of Labor; N.C. Secretary of State; N.C. Superintendent of Public Instruction; N.C. Treasurer; N.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Seat 01; N.C. Supreme Court Associate Justice Seat 02; N.C. Court of Appeals Judge Seat 04; N.C. Court of Appeals Judge Seat 05; N.C. Court of Appeals Judge Seat 06; N.C. State Senate District 47; N.C. House of Representatives District 113; N.C. District Court Judge District 29B Seat 01; N.C. District Court Judge District 29B Seat 02; N.C. District Court Judge District 29B Seat 03; N.C. District Court Judge District 29B Seat 04; the Polk County Board of Commissioners and the Polk County Register of Deeds if enough people file for a primary. 

A primary is held when more people file than seats are to be had for each party.