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Ayden mayor, Greenville at-large seat have contested races


The Daily Reflector

Friday, July 19, 2019

Filing for municipal elections closes at noon today, and Greenville’s mayor and two incumbent council members remain unopposed, the Pitt County Board of Elections reported Thursday. A second candidate for mayor did file in Ayden.

Raymond Langley filed to challenge incumbent Mayor Steve Tripp in Ayden’s nonpartisan race. Eric Walls also filed to challenge incumbent Ward 2 Ayden Town Board of Commissioners member Cindy Goff.

Newcomer Craig Ferguson also filed for Simpson Village council, creating a four-way race for three seats with incumbents Brenda Gatlin Hawkins, Mary Staton Moye and Dianne Thomas.

In Winterville, Tucker Moore filed for Town Council, creating a five-way race for three seats.

At-large Greenville City Council incumbent Brian Meyerhoeffer was the only person in the city to file Thursday for the Nov. 5 election. He will face NC Civil Executive Director Jermain McNair if no other candidate files for the seat before noon today.

Greenville Mayor P.J. Connelly and City Council members Rick Smiley of District 4 and Will Litchfield of District 5 all remained unopposed on Thursday.

Six elected offices in other Pitt County towns remained with no candidates at all, including one open seat on the board of commissioners in Bethel and two open seats each on the town boards in Falkland and Fountain, according to the Board of Elections. No one has filed to run for the mayor of Falkland, either.

If no one files for these seats prior to noon, they will be filled in November by whomever receives the most write-in votes — that person must be registered to vote within the municipality and district if applicable — according to the Board of Elections.

Since all Pitt County municipalities have nonpartisan elections, there will be at least one write-in space for each contest.

In contests that contain the option to vote for more than one candidate, there will be write-in spaces equal to the number of votes that can be cast in that contest — Grimesland residents have the option to vote for five in their Town Alderman contest, which means there will be five write-in spaces in addition to the candidates that have filed.

Following is a list of all the filings as of Thursday.



Steve Tripp (I)

Ward 1

Ivory Mewborn (I)

Ward 2

Cindy Goff (I)

Eric Walls



Gloristine Brown (I)

Board of Commissioners (Five seats)

Ferrell Blount (I)

Janet Everett Davis (I)

Ed Dennis (I)

Carl Wilson (I)


Board of Commissioners (Three seats)

Joy M. Collins (I)



John O. Moore

Board of Commissioners (Three seats)

Jamin Dixon (I)

Brenda Elks (I)

Bert Smith

Carolyn D. Ward



Shirley A. Mitchell (I)

Board of Commissioners (Four seats)

Doris Jean Edwards (I)

Glen Vines



P.J. Connelly (I)

Council At-Large

Jermaine McNair

District 1

Monica Daniels

District 2

Rose Glover (I)

John Landrine

District 3

Will Bell (I)

Dave Nelson

District 4

Rick Smiley (I)

District 5

Will Litchfield (I)


Board of Commissioners (Three seats)

William K. Barnes (I)

Johnny Craft (I)

Angela T. Gay


Board of Alderman

(Five seats)

Ted Bowles (I)

Ronnie J. Bowling (I)

Eleanor H. Farr (I)

Kyle Hodges (I)

Gerald Whitley (I)



Richard Zeck (I)

Council (three seats)

Craig Feguson

Brenda Gatlin Hawkins (I)

Mary Staton Moye (I)

Dianne Thomas (I)


Council (Three seats)

Angela Cumbo

Ricky Hines (I)

Tony Moore (I)

Tucker Moore

Veronica Roberson (I)

Perry P. Smith