The time has come for Haywood County residents seeking certain elected offices to begin filing.
While the filing period for soil and water began on Monday, June 8, and ends on Monday, July 6, the filing period for school board and sanitary district candidates will open on Monday, July 6, and Thursday, July 2, respectively. Both of those filing periods will end on Friday, July 17.
Haywood County Board of Elections Director Robbie Inman said that those filing for school board must live within the district they wish to represent and the same goes for the sanitary district board positions.
“Each board is set up a bit different,” he said. “The positions open are the school board chairman, two for the Waynesville district and two for Beaverdam. For sanitary districts, it’s two for Maggie and three for Junaluska, so you’d have to live in those places.”
Anyone wishing to file for soil and water must live in Haywood County.
Currently holding the school board seats up for election are held by Chuck Francis (chairman), Ann Barrett and Jim Francis (Waynesville) and David Burnett and Ronnie Clark (Beaverdam).
Currently holding the sanitary district seats up for election are Jason Moody and Carroll Mehaffey (Maggie) and Bill Barker, Randy Cunningham, and James King (Junaluska). Bill Yarborough holds the soil and water conservation seat up for election.
Inman said those wishing to file can do so at the board of elections office, located at 63 Elmwood Way, off Russ Ave., in Waynesville. To file, a candidate must provide a notice of candidacy and must fill out the necessary campaign finance documents. In addition, a candidate must pay a $5 minimum filing fee.
The board of elections office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.