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On Friday, first day for 2023 candidate filings: most incumbent mayors file for re-election

Local mayors were among the first to line up to file for re-election at the Alamance County Board of Elections on Friday.

Municipal election filing season began at noon on Friday and will continue through noon on July 21.

As previously expressed to The Alamance News, Burlington mayor Jim Butler and Haw River mayor Kelly Allen both filed for re-election to their respective mayoral posts.  Burlington’s mayoral term is for two years, Haw River’s is for four years.

Also filing for re-election were Graham mayor Jennifer Talley (where mayors serve a two-year term), Gibsonville mayor Lenny Williams (who has a four-year term), and Village of Alamance mayor Don Tichy (who has a two-year term).

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In Burlington, incumbent city councilman Bob Ward, who had not indicated his intentions on re-election, filed for his third term on the city council.  The other incumbent council member, Kathy Hykes, told The Alamance News earlier this week that she will not seek re-election.

Meanwhile, former city council member Celo Faucette also filed for a seat on the council. Planning board member Charlie Beasley, who had run for council in 2021 – placing sixth in an October primary that year among six candidates – has also filed for city council.

Other incumbents filing for re-election were council members Ricky Hall in Graham, Monti Allison in Elon, and Drew Sharpe in Swepsonville.

In Haw River, Debbie Brown filed for seat on the Haw River town council.  Brown had been among two applicants in 2020 for the seat vacated when then-council member Kelly Allen was elected mayor in 2019.  The council deadlocked 2-2 on whether to appoint Brown on Kristin Smith to the seat. The council ultimately left the fifth seat vacant until it was filled in the 2021 election.

The first day of filing had no candidates filing for municipal races in Mebane, Green Level, or Ossipee.

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