EASTERN WAKE COUNTY — Candidates continued to file for election to a host of seats in local races last week.
Filing was most active for seats in Zebulon among local communities with two incumbents filing to retain their seats and a host of challengers, including three people who currently face pending criminal charges.
Zebulon mayor Bob Matheny filed Monday to keep his seat. Matheny has served in the role for 20 years. He will face a challenge from Richard Eugene Poole Sr. Poole, 69, was charged by police on May 18 with ethnic intimidation after he allegedly followed a man in his truck and later got out and began yelling racial slurs at the man. He later appeared before town commissioners to complain about the way police treated him during the incident.
Two candidates bidding for seats on the Zebulon town commission are also embroiled in legal cases stemming from similar allegations in 2012. Michael S. Mazur and his wife, Anne-Marie Mazur were initally charged with ethnic intimidation, although those charges were later reduced to harassment. They were convicted in district court, but an appeal in Superior Court is currently pending.
The Mazurs are bidding for seats on the town commission, currently held by Beverly Wall Clark and Roy Collins.
Clark filed for re-election Tuesday. Collins recently moved to an assisted living center and is not expected to run for re-election. Glenn York and Annie Moore have also filed to win election. Moore and York both ran unsuccessully in 2011.
In Wendell, incumbents Ira Fuller and Ginna Gray both filed for re-election to their seats on the town board on Tuesday, a day after Dr. Jon Lutz, a Wendell optometrist, submitted his paperwork to run for the town board. It is Lutz’ first bid for public office. Three seats are up for election in Wendell. Incumbent Christie Adams has not said whether she plans to seek re-election.
In Knightdale, no new candidates have filed for office since incumbent Mike Chalk and challenger Mark Swan filed their papers on on July 5, the opening day for candidates to formalize their candidacy. Three seats are on the ballot in Knightdale where the terms of Chalk, Jeff Eddins and Tim Poirer are expiring
District 1 school board member Tom Benton, who was appointed earlier this year to fill the unexpired term of Chris Malone, remains the only candidate for that seat, which represents a district covering eastern Wake County, Rolesville and Wake Forest.
Candidates have until July 19 to file their bids for office.