ZEBULON — No political race in eastern Wake County will go uncontested this year.
The field is most saturated in Zebulon, where a political newcomer is challenging the incumbent mayor and five candidates are seeking two seats on the Board of Commissioners.
Richard Poole, of 615 Sexton Ave., is running for mayor against Bob Matheny, of 500 N. Wakefield St., who has served in the role for 20 years.
Beverly Clark, of 111 E. Sycamore St., is the only incumbent vying for a seat on Zebulon’s Board of Commissioners. Others running for the two open seats are Anne-Marie Mazur and her husband Michael Mazur of 205 Dulcimer Lane. Annie Moore, of 204 S. Arendell Ave., and Glenn York, of 215 W. Horton St., are also running.
In Knightdale, four candidates filed to chase three open seats on Town Council. Mike Chalk, of 801 Fayetteville St., is the only incumbent running again. Mark Swan, of 105 Newbury Court, Randy Young, of 15 Pine St., and former town councilman Charles Bullock, of 316 Third Ave., are also running.
In Wendell, two incumbents and two newcomers will vie for three seats on the Board of Commissioners. Incumbents Ira Fuller, of 412 Old Zebulon Road, and Ginna Gray, of 210 S. Cypress St., will be challenged by John Boyette, of 340 Mattox St., and Jon Lutz, of 311 E. Academy St.
In the race for the District 1 School Board seat, Republican Don McIntyre, of 3508 Sparrowwood Drive, Wake Forest, will challenge Democrat Tom Benton, of 212 W. Gannon Ave., Zebulon, who was appointed by the school board earlier this year. Like the other races, the school board is officially nonpartisan. But candidates typically describe their policies along partisan lines.
How to vote
School board elections are on Oct. 8. Municipal elections in eastern Wake will take place on Nov. 5. Eastern Wake residents who hope to vote in their local elections should register to vote by Oct. 8.
For the school board races, early voting begins Sept. 19 and ends Oct. 5. For the municipal races, early voting begins Oct. 17 and ends Nov. 2.