First contested race emerges as filing continues
by Kellen Short
Three incumbent candidates and one newcomer added their names to the municipal election mix on Monday and Tuesday: three for Beech Mountain Town Council and one for Blowing Rock Town Council.
Incumbent Tommy Klutz filed Tuesday for Blowing Rock Town Council, while incumbents Paul Piquet and Rick Miller filed for Beech Mountain Town Council. Eddie Plante, who does not currently serve on the board, filed Monday for a Beech Mountain Town Council seat.
With only three days left in the filing window, Klutz's filing creates the first competitive race of the fall.
Candidates Doug Matheson, Ray Pickett and Sue Sweeting filed for the Blowing Rock Town Council on July 5, and only three seats are available.
Prospective candidates have until noon Friday to register their candidacies with the Watauga County Board of Elections.
The complete list of candidates now includes:
Andy Ball -- mayor
Rennie Brantz -- Town Council
Frank (Quint) David -- Town Council
Jennifer Pena -- Town Council
J.B. Lawrence -- mayor
Doug Matheson -- Town Council
Ray Pickett -- Town Council
Sue Sweeting -- Town Council
Tommy Klutz -- Town Council
David Hooper -- Town Council
Kay Ehlinger -- Town Council
David Ehmig -- Town Council
Edward (Eddie) Plante -- Town Council
Paul Piquet -- Town Council
Rick Miller -- Town Council