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A political newcomer threw her hat in the ring Monday for a position on the Wilson City Council that has been vacant since May.
Gillettie Morgan, 48, is campaigning to represent District 1. Councilman A.P. Coleman stepped down in May after nearly four decades in the post. The retired Wilson County Cooperative Extension agent cited health concerns for his departure from office.
In June, the remaining council members voted to let the residents of District 1 elect a representative in November rather than appointing someone to the position.
“By the time we get through the process (of vetting potential candidates), it will be October before we seat someone and then we’re basically endorsing someone before the election,” Councilman Tom Fyle said at the time.
Coley Rhodes submitted paperwork Monday to run for Stantonsburg mayor. William “Bill” Edmundson currently holds the position, which is on the ballot every four years.
Filing for the November election began on Friday. Wilson Mayor Bruce Rose and challenger Carlton Stevens Jr. filed for office along with Wilson District 2 Councilman Michael Bell as well as Councilman James Johnson and Davonta Ferguson filed to represent Wilson’s District 4. Sims Mayor Miranda Stamper submitted paperwork for re-election under her maiden name, Miranda Boykin.
There are 28 seats available in seven Wilson County towns:
• Black Creek — Mayor; five town commissioner seats
• Elm City — Mayor; five town commissioner seats
• Lucama — Two town commissioner seats
• Saratoga — Mayor; three commissioner seats
• Sims — Mayor; two commissioner seats
• Stantonsburg — Mayor, two town council seats
• Wilson — Mayor, three city council seats
Filing continues through noon on July 19 for the Nov. 5 election. Voter registration is due by Oct. 11 with early voting set to take place from Oct. 16 through Nov. 2.