Burlington voters are now assured of going to the polls early, in October, for a primary election to narrow the number of city council candidates who will be on the November 7 ballot.
A fifth candidate filed for the office on Thursday, ensuring the October primary. Burlington is the only local municipality that has a provision for primary municipal elections. When more than two people file for each available seat, a primary is automatically scheduled. Burlington’s will be four weeks before the November 7 election date, on October 10.
Filing Thursday was: Brandy Whittaker, 3248 Castlerock Drive, who becomes the fifth candidate, and fourth non-incumbent, on the ballot.
She joins city councilman Bob Ward, who is seeking a third term on the city council; former councilman Celo Faucette, who served two terms before losing a mayoral challenge to then-mayor Ian Baltutis in 2017.
Also already filed are Dejuana Bigelow, who placed fourth for the two council seats in 2021 and Charlie Beasley who ran sixth among city council candidates in the October primary of that same year.
Incumbent council member Kathy Hykes told The Alamance News last week that she will not seek re-election this year.
Filing continues through next Friday, July 21 at noon.
Also filing Thursday was Travis Sapp, who is seeking re-election to one of three Swepsonville town council seats on this year’s ballot.
See below for filings through Wednesday, as reported in this week’s (July 13) edition of The Alamance News: https://alamancenews.com/incumbent-mayors-first-to-toss-hats-in-for-re-election-long-time-elon-councilman-mark-greene-wont-seek-fifth-term/