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Former Watauga County commissioner Sue Sweeting fills out paperwork at the Watauga County Board of Elections office in Boone on July 5. She is now running for a seat on the Blowing Rock Town Council. Photo by Jeff Eason



Originally published: 2013-07-11 08:43:45
Last modified: 2013-07-11 08:43:45

Jim Steele will not run for re-election

There are few certainties in elections and politics. One certainty, however, is that Blowing Rock will have a new town council after the 2013 election this November. That’s because commissioner Jim Steele has decided not to run for re-election.

Blowing Rock, Boone and Seven Devils all have three town council positions up for grabs in the 2013 elections. For all three municipalities, the top two vote-getters will receive four-year terms, while the third place vote-getter will receive a two-year term.

Doug Matheson, an incumbent on the Blowing Rock Town Council, was among the first candidates to file their papers at the Watauga County Board of Elections when the filing period opened at noon July 5.

Matheson was joined by Rennie Brantz, running for re-election to the Boone Town Council, and two political newcomers, Quint David and Jennifer Pena, both also running for seats on the Boone Town Council.

Boone Town Councilman Andy Ball filed to run for mayor of Boone.

Former Watauga County commissioner Sue Sweeting also filed to run for a seat on the Blowing Rock Town Council.

Although he was not present at noon, Ray Pickett also filed papers to run for a seat on the Blowing Rock Town Council.

Three incumbent candidates for the Seven Devils Town Council filed Monday to try to keep their seats, according to the Watauga County Board of Elections.

The candidates are David Hooper, Kay Ehlinger and David Ehmig.

Three seats on the Blowing Rock Town Council, currently belonging to Steele, Matheson and Tommy Klutz, are up for grabs during the 2013 election cycle. The top two vote-getters will receive four-year terms and the candidate coming in third will receive a two-year term.

Like Steele, Boone mayor Loretta Clawson has decided not to run again, after serving as mayor of Watauga County’s largest municipality for the past eight years.

She also served on the Boone Town Council for eight years prior to being mayor.

Other contenders have until noon July 19 to file.

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