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Originally published: 2014-02-28 14:55:38
Last modified: 2014-02-28 15:04:06

Filing period ends, Brannon switches races

by Anna Oakes

In an interesting move, Josh Brannon of Vilas earlier this week withdrew his candidacy for Dan Soucek's N.C. Senate seat and filed Friday as one of four Democratic candidates for the Fifth District seat in the U.S. House held by Republican Virginia Foxx.

That leaves Jim Sponenberg, a Democrat from Lenoir, as the lone challenger to Soucek.

And yet another Republican has filed for North Carolina's open seat in the U.S. Senate: Alex Lee Bradshaw of Icard, who filed Friday, becomes the eighth GOP member to vie for Democrat Kay Hagan's office.

Hagan won't be able to sit back and watch during the primary, however, as she faces two challengers from her own party, including Ernest T. Reeves of Greenville, who filed Friday.

The Watauga County Board of Commissioners races on Friday saw the addition of another candidate, Jimmy Hodges of Boone, a Republican for District 5. Josh Kanoy of Boone filed Friday as the eighth candidate for the Watauga County Board of Education.

This means the District 5 and District 3 races will require Republican primary elections, and all school board candidates will compete in the primary to narrow the field to six for the November general election.

A full summary of the 2014 election filing period and upcoming primary will be featured in Sunday's issue of Watauga Democrat and online at