Blowing Rock mayoral race gets competitive
by Kellen Short
Blowing Rock Town Council member Dan Phillips filed Thursday
with the Board of Elections to challenge incumbent Mayor J.B. Lawrence, who has
led the town since 1997.
Phillips, who was first elected to the council in 2011, has two years still remaining in his council term.
If he were elected mayor, the Blowing Rock Town Council would have to select someone to finish his term after the election.
Lawrence also was challenged during the last election by a sitting council member, Tommy Klutz. Because he was unsuccessful, Klutz retained his position on the Town Council and has filed for re-election to the council this year.
Newcomer Laurin Carter also filed Thursday for election to the Blowing Rock Town Council, the fifth candidate to do so. Only three seats will be open this election.
Other candidates for Blowing Rock Town Council include Doug Matheson, Ray Pickett and Sue Sweeting.
Beech Mountain Town Council member Cindy Keller also filed Thursday for re-election, creating a competitive race in that town as well. She is the fourth candidate to file, following Eddie Plante, Paul Piquet and Rick Miller. Only three seats are available.
The Beech Mountain mayor will be selected from within the council after the election.
The races for Boone mayor, Boone Town Council and Seven Devils Town Council remain uncompetitive, with equal numbers of candidates and open seats.
The filing window ends at noon Friday.
CANDIDATE FILING LIST
Town of Boone
Andy Ball -- mayor
Rennie Brantz - Town Council
Frank (Quint) David - Town Council
Jennifer Pena - Town Council
Town of Blowing Rock
J.B. Lawrence - mayor
Dan Phillips - mayor
Laurin Carter - Town Council
Tommy Klutz - Town Council
Doug Matheson - Town Council
Ray Pickett - Town Council
Sue Sweeting - Town Council
Town of Seven Devils
David Hooper - Town Council
Kay Ehlinger - Town Council
David Ehmig - Town Council
Town of Beech Mountain
Cindy Keller - Town Council
Rick Miller - Town Council
Paul Piquet - Town Council
Edward (Eddie) Plante - Town Council