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Things have been relatively quiet at the Alamance County Board of Elections this week inasmuch as few candidates have added their names to the ballot for various 2024 elections.

Among those who have joined the fray during the second, and final, week of filing are:

Incumbent Republican county commissioner chairman John Paisley, Jr. filed for re-election on Tuesday, joining fellow Republicans Pam Thompson and Ed Priola among those seeking the three available seats.

On the Democratic side, Chris Smith of Mebane and former Green Level mayor Carissa Graves, now of Graham, have also filed for county commissioner. Each party will hold a primary if more than three candidates file for each party’s ballot.

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School board filings have been especially slow. Seneca Rogers, who was appointed last month, was the first to file for election to the school board when he registered on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, he was joined by current board chairman Sandy Ellington-Graves and vice chairman Donna Westbrooks for the four available seats on the 2024 non-partisan ballot.

No indication, yet, on the plans of school board member Ryan Bowden, who has been widely reported to be considering a run in the Republican primary for county commissioner.

So far, there are no competitive races for the four district court judgeships that will be on the ballot.

Incumbent district court judges Larry Brown and Kathryn Whitaker “Katie” Overby and Larry Brown, Jr. – have filed for re-election.

Doug Green has filed for a district court judgeship, recently vacated by Republican Rick Champion who has become the county’s first public defender. Green, a former Alamance County assistant district attorney, was recently the lead vote-getter among the county’s bar in being recommended to Governor Roy Cooper for an appointment for the remaining one year of Champion’s term; Cooper has not yet made that appointment.

Meanwhile, Meredith Edwards, the county’s clerk of superior court, has filed for a newly-created fifth district court judgeship.

All judicial candidates thus far are Democrats, except Edwards who is a Republican. The county’s fourth district court judge, chief judge Bradley Reid Allen, Sr., is not up for re-election again until 2026.

While Republican county commissioner Craig Turner (also a former assistant district attorney) had announced two weeks ago in The Alamance News his intention to seek a district court judgeship, he has not yet filed for one.

In Alamance County’s incumbent all-Republican state legislative delegation – only state senator Amy Galey faces a Democratic opponent at this point. Donna Vanhook, who unsuccessfully sought a non-partisan position to be on Burlington’s 2021 ballot for mayor, has filed to run as a Democrat. Vanhook placed third among five candidates in a primary seeking the mayor’s post that year.

State representatives Steve Ross and Dennis Riddell, both Republicans, were among the first to file for re-election when the board of elections began accepting nominations last Monday at noon. Thus far, both are unopposed.

Also filing for re-election was incubent Register of Deeds David Barber, a Republican, who is seeking re-election to the post and is currently unopposed.

The filing period lasts through noon on Friday.

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