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Newcomers file Friday for Burlington city council, Gibsonville board of aldermen

More challengers entered races in Burlington and Gibsonville Friday. And several incumbents in Haw River and the Village of Alamance signed up in hopes of re-election.

Burlington, which was guaranteed an October 10 primary for city council by the entrance of a fifth city council candidate on Thursday, had a sixth join on Friday.

Filing for city council was Cindy Lackey of 1332 Ridgecrest Avenue.

She joins Brandy Whittaker, 3248 Castlerock Drive, who became the fifth candidate, and fourth non-incumbent, on the ballot, when she filed on Thursday.

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Others seeking seats on the Burlington city council are:

Incumbent 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; Dejuana Bigelow, who placed fourth for the two council seats in 202; 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.

In Gibsonville, Tangela Mitchell, 202 Cypress Court, has filed for a seat on the board of aldermen, joining long-time incumbent Mark Shepherd, who is seeking re-election. Shepherd, 63, is the longest-serving incumbent alderman, having first been elected in 1995.

No word yet on the election intentions of Irene Fanelli, 66, who was recently appointed to a seat on the Gibsonville board; Paul Dean, 67, who was appointed last year after having served eight years previously; or of Clarence A. Owen, Sr., 83, who has served 16 years, since 2007, plus a 12-year tenure from 1978 to 1990.

Dean’s seat would be for two years to complete the term of alderman Paul Thompson who died last August; the other three are four-year terms.

Gibsonville mayor Lenny Williams, 86, has also filed for re-election.

In the Village of Alamance, incumbent aldermen Barry Crouse and Tim W. Isley filed for re-election on Friday. The village’s mayor, Donald B. Tichy, has already filed for re-election.

And in Haw River, incumbent Patty Wilson also signed up for another term. Haw River mayor Kelly Allen has already filed for re-election. No word yet on the plans of councilman Steve Lineberry.

Filing resumes Monday and continues through next Friday, July 21 at noon.

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