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The list of Moore County’s non-partisan election candidates was completed after the filing period ended on July 16 at noon.

Each municipality uses the plurality method to determine winners, except Southern Pines. The plurality method determines winners by highest number of votes.

Southern Pines uses the election method, which holds a primary in October when there are two candidates for a single office or the number of candidates for a group of offices is more than twice the number of candidates.

Each term in the following list is for four years, unless otherwise indicated. Names below are written the way they will appear on ballots.


Aberdeen’s Mayor Robbie Farrell is running for re-election as mayor.

Aberdeen has four commissioner candidates running to fill two openings. They are Daniel Behnke, Timothy A. (Tim) Helms, incumbent Wilma Laney and Tim Marcham.


Cameron has two candidates running for mayor, Jim Lieby and Tasherra Nichols.

John Frutchey and Kane Parsons are running for Cameron’s two commissioner seats.

David Seiberling is running for Cameron’s two-year commissioner seat.


There are six Carthage candidates running for three commissioner seats. They are Patty Kempton, Kevin Lewis, John L. McDonald, Anton Sadovnikov, Brent Tanner and George H. Wilson, Jr.


Foxfire has ten candidates running for three council member seats. They are Paul Canup, Jason G. Daily, George Hedrick, Richard O. Kight, Ernestine Maccari, Janet Nauman, Donald Nelson, Mike Ratkowski, Kevin J. Robbins and Gary Samuels.

Nancy Certain and Janice Gregorich are running for the single 2-year council member seat.


Patrick J. Neligan and Ronald L. McDonald are running for mayor.

Pinebluff has four candidates running for the two commissioner seats. They are Robbie Conley, Robert Esselman, Michael Ough, and Jerry O. Williams.


There are four candidates running for the two council member seats. They are incumbent Kevin Drum, Jeff Morgan, Patrick Pizzella, and Emily Stack.


Cameron Dockery and Neil Johnson are running for the unexpired 2-year term mayoral seat.

There are five candidates running for the three commissioner seats. They are Nikki Bradshaw, Jody Lee Britt, Lonnie English, Terri Holt, and Benjamin Allen Reynolds, Jr.

Southern Pines

There are five candidates running for the two council member seats. They are Taylor Clement, Brandon Goodman, Mary Ann O’Connor, Ann Petersen, and incumbent Mike Saulnier.


Taylortown has nine candidates for five council member seats at 2-year terms. They are Garry Brown, Mary Cagle, Bridget Cotton, Sidney Gaddy, David E. Levine, Nadine Headen Moody, incumbents Mitchell Ratliff and Marvin Taylor, and James Lattimore Thompson.


Vass has three candidates running for the 2-year term mayoral seat. They are George (JR) Blackwell, Eddie Callahan, and Angela M. Erica Vacek.

Vass has six candidates running for two commissioner seats. They are Rora Kellis, Kris Kosem, Todd McLeod, Emily T. Oldham, Christine E. Phipps and T.J. Watson.

Whispering Pines

There are five candidates running for three council member seats. They are Richard Casey, incumbents Andy Conway and Pamela Harris, Dean Kalles and Linda Vandercook.

Have questions? Contact the Moore County Board of Elections at 700 Pinehurst Ave., Carthage, or call (910) 947-3868 on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or email [email protected].

Learn about voting in North Carolina municipalities here.

The election is being held on Nov. 2.

Written by Sandhills Sentinel Reporter Stephanie M. Sellers.

Photo by Sandhills Sentinel Photographer John Patota.

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