Nine seats up for election in eastern Wake

aspecht@newsobserver.comJuly 2, 2013 

Only three of nine incumbents in eastern Wake County say they’ll run for reelection once the filing period opens at noon Friday.

Three seats are up for election on the Knightdale Town Council and on the Wendell Board of Commissioners. Two seats are up for election on the Zebulon Board of Commissioners. The position of Zebulon mayor is also up for reelection.

In each town, at least one incumbent will not run again.

Tim Poirier, for instance, will leave his seat in Knightdale, where three Town Council spots are open.

Poirier, 47, was elected to three terms between 1999 and 2011. In September 2012, the council appointed him to a seat vacated by Terrence Gleason. Gleason was elected to a second term in 2009, but resigned in August amid legal troubles.

Council members appointed Poirier because he had experience but would not run for election again. When asked about it again last week, Poirier said, “I am a man of my word.”

Councilman Mike Chalk, 63, confirmed last week that he will again seek reelection. Chalk was first elected to the Town Council in 1995.

Jeff Eddins, 41, who was elected to three terms after the Town Council first appointed him in 1999, couldn’t be reached for comment. He has previously said he was undecided.

Wendell

It’s possible that none of the three commissioners up for reelection on the Wendell Board of Commissioners will try to stay in office.

Christie Adams, 34, said last week she will not seek a second term.

“Things have changed greatly for me with the birth of my son,” Adams said. “I’ll continue to be active in Wendell, but in other ways. It is not my time.”

Commissioners Ira Fuller, 70, and Ginna Gray, 49, say they are undecided on whether to pursue a second term.

“If I’m gonna run, I’ll file the first day,” Fuller said.

Zebulon

If Fuller files as a candidate Friday, he may run into Zebulon Mayor Bob Matheny. Matheny, 66, who is serving his fifth term, says he will run again.

“I’ll be downtown that afternoon,” Matheny said..

Beverly Clark, 60, a three-term Zebulon commissioner, says she, too, will run again.

Roy Collins, currently serving a second term on the Zebulon Board of Commissioners, will not seek reelection. Collins, 80, “is in assisted living ... and just can’t do it anymore,” his wife, Annie, said.

The period to file for candidacy in the eastern Wake races ends at noon July 19. Those seeking to file must be registered to vote in their hometown and bring a valid ID to the Wake County Board of Elections office, at 337 S. Salisbury St. in Raleigh.

Specht: 919-829-4826

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