LUMBERTON — The snowy weather closed the Board of Elections early on Tuesday and no additional candidates made it in time to file for the May 6 primary.
“No one had come in to file by 11 a.m. when we closed,” G.L. Pridgen, the office’s supervisor, said shortly after the office on North Walnut Street closed its doors. “I haven’t heard for sure yet, but since the worst of the storm is supposed to be tonight, I expect we will be closed tomorrow as well.”
The filing period that began at noon on Monday is scheduled to continue through noon on Feb. 28.
Pridgen said that because there are 15 days for candidates to file, there is no extension to the filing period, which is the same for all counties across the state.
Pridgen said that the number of candidates who filed on Monday at the BOE office — a total of 13 — was about “average” for the first day of a filing period for elections when county and state offices are on the ballot.
There were an additional five candidates, whose districts include parts of Robeson County, who filed for office in the county in which they reside.
Monday’s brisk filing of candidates has already set up Democratic primary contests for two county commissioner seats and for county sheriff. Longtime Commissioner Noah Woods is being challenged by newcomer Faline Locklear Dial for the District 4 seat, while Commissioner Hubert Sealey will defend his District 2 seat against a challenge from former vounty Commissioner Berlester Campbell.
A competitive Democratic primary for the position of clerk to Superior Court is also a certainty. Incumbent Shelina Smith is being challenged by newcomer Wixie Stephens, the wife of Robeson County Commissioner Jerry Stephens.