Candidates have begun the filing process for the 2020 elections. Several candidates seeking to win statewide and local positions filed their paperwork at the Board of Elections office in Carthage as the filing period opened Monday at noon.
Pinehurst resident Helen Probst Mills is vying again for a 25th District Senate seat in 2020.
Small business owner and Sandhills Community College Trustee, Mills was the Democratic nominee in 2018 against incumbent Republican Tom McInnis who announced his re-election campaign in November. McInnis was elected to the State Senate in 2014 and said, “I’m proud of all we’ve accomplished for the 25th District in just a few short years.”
Mills said in a Tuesday news release she is running to “put the interests of the people at the top of the agenda in state government.”
Democratic Lowell Simon filed on Monday to run again for the N.C. House District 52 seat. In a news release, Simon said he is excited to discuss the issues that county citizens face each day with the Republican candidate that takes him on.
The hotly contested race in 2018 saw incumbent Jamie Boles defeat Simon. Boles has not yet filed but announced in November he will be seeking re-election.
In October, Southern Pines Police Chief Bob Temme announced in a letter to the members of the Moore County Law Enforcement Officers Association he is pursuing election. He will be running against Boles in the GOP primary in March.
For the County Commissioners race, Incumbent Rep. Frank Quis, of Southern Pines, filed Monday to run for his second four-year term District 4 seat. Incumbent Rep. Louis Gregory, of Seven Lakes, is also seeking his District 2 seat.
Finally, John Weaver filed for his Moore County Board of Education District Five seat. The School Board appointed Weaver to fill its District 5 seat in August, left vacant by the death of Bruce Cunningham. Robert M. Levy filed for District 2 Board of Education seat as well.
The filing period ends Dec. 20.
Next year’s election will see citizens voting for president, governor, and U.S. senators. Also on the ballots will be judicial and legislative seats.
Moore County’s primary races will be March 3, 2020, and the general election is Nov. 3, 2020.
~Written by Sandhills Sentinel Editor Lori McFarland.