Two file forWagram’stown board


LAURINBURG — With two days left in the filing period for this November’s municipal elections, only one seat on the four municipal boards in Scotland County remains open.

On Wednesday, both incumbent Paschal Stewart and newcomer Kendrick Thomas filed for seats on Wagram’s town commission.

Stewart was appointed to the board in 2013 to fill the unexpired term of Linda Tindall, who moved outside of the town limits. Thomas works as construction manager for Project GreenBuild, which provides work experience, continuing education, and workforce training to young adults who have dropped out of high school.

Incumbent town commissioner Bernice Gorham has also filed.

Wagram’s mayoral race has had two to file so far: incumbent Milton Farmer and town commissioner Jackie Laviner.

Of the three candidates ultimately elected to Wagram’s board, the top two vote-getters will serve four-year terms and the third will serve a two-year term.

The filing fee for all Wagram offices is $5.

Incumbent Laurinburg mayor Tommy Parker will face at least one challenger in former mayor Matthew Block. The city’s incumbent city council members, Curtis Leak representing District 1 and Mary Jo Adams representing District 2, have yet to see challengers file.

Laurinburg’s mayor and council members all serve four-year terms. The filing fee for all Laurinburg offices is $25.

In East Laurinburg, incumbent mayor Wayne Caulder has filed for another term, as have commissioners Tyresa Haywood and David Cooper. Cleon Robinson, who has served two terms on East Laurinburg’s board, is the sole incumbent who has yet to file.

East Laurinburg’s filing fees are $18 for mayoral candidates and $12 for commissioners.

So far, no challenger has entered Gibson’s municipal races. Town commissioners Stephen Hudson and Randy Pearson, along with Mayor Ronnie Hudson are seeking re-election. Theirs are the only seats up for bid in Gibson. The filing fee is $15.

Filing is open at the Scotland County Board of Elections through noon on Friday. The office is located at the county annex at 231 East Cronly St. in Laurinburg.

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