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These are candidates for Pittsboro, Siler City and Goldston mayor, town board races

Candidates began to file Friday, July 5, for the 2019 municipal elections. The filing periods runs through Friday, July 19, and the election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 5.
Candidates began to file Friday, July 5, for the 2019 municipal elections. The filing periods runs through Friday, July 19, and the election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 5. AP

More voters cast a ballot when a state or national race is on the line, but town boards have the biggest effect on daily life.

Mayors and town boards set local budgets and property tax rates, decide how land is developed, and make policies affecting services, the local economy and more for years to come.

Pittsboro Mayor Cindy Perry has decided not to seek another term in office.

Pittsboro, Siler City and Goldston residents interested in being mayor or joining their town board must file a notice of candidacy with the Chatham County Board of Elections by noon Friday, July 19. Candidates also must set up a campaign finance committee within 10 days of filing their notice and comply with other campaign rules.

Voters must be age 18 and older, and a resident of the town in which they plan to vote. They can register to vote at the Elections office through Friday, Oct. 11, or at an Early Voting location using same-day registration. A valid form of identification is required. Chatham County’s early voting period will run from Oct. 16 to Nov. 1.

Absentee voting by mail also is available. Voters should request a ballot using the required Absentee Ballot Request form. Requests can be submitted in person at the Chatham County Board of Elections, 984 Thompson St., Suite D, Pittsboro; by mail at P.O. Box 111, Pittsboro, NC 27312; by email at elections@chathamnc.org; or by fax at 919-542-6430.

Pittsboro

The mayor and three of five town commissioner seats are on the ballot.

Mayor (2-year term)

Name: Jim Nass

Age: 75

Address: Brookridge Court, Pittsboro

Political experience: Chair, Pittsboro ABC Board; chair, Citizens Committee on Chatham Park; board member and former treasurer, Main Street Pittsboro; chair, Pittsboro Affordable Housing Task Force; chair, Interim Affordable Housing Board

Website: tinyurl.com/y46c6dnp

Career: Retired executive, U.S. Postal Service; account executive consulting with Lockheed Martin, IBM, Northrup, Computer Science Corp. and others

Board of Commissioners (4-year term)



Name: Pam Cash-Roper

Address: Bellemont Pointe Lane, Pittsboro

Name: Kyle Shipp

Age: 35

Address: Hillsboro Street, Pittsboro

Political experience: Pittsboro Planning Board; Chatham County Affordable Housing Advisory Committee; senior vice commander, Pittsboro VFW Post 7313; senior vice commander, VFW NC District 9

Website: kyleforpittsboro.org

Career: MEP (mechanical, electrical, plumbing) coordinator, DPR Construction; squad leader, U.S. Army Reserves

Siler City

The mayor and four of seven town commissioner seats are on the ballot.

Mayor (2-year term)

Name: Jackie Adams

Age: 61

Address: East Cardinal Street, Siler City

Political experience: Chair, Siler City Downtown Advisory Committee; board member, Siler City Development Organization; president, Siler City Merchants Association; chair, Animal Services Advisory Board, Chatham County Board of Health; U.S. Equine Rescue League

Career: Retired, IBM; co-owner and operator, Oasis Open Air Market and Oasis Fresh Market and Deli

Name: John Grimes*

Age: 76

Address: Glendale Street, Siler City

Political experience: Mayor since 2013; County campaign chair, Gov. Jim Martin; former Chatham County commissioner; former Siler City commissioner and mayor pro tem

Website: facebook.com/mayorjohngrimes

Career: Retired, Cecil Budd Tire Co.; former troop commander, 3/8th Calvary, 8th Infantry Division, U.S. Army

Board of Commissioners (4-year term)

District 2

Name: Larry Cheek*

Age: 71

Address: North Fourth Avenue, Siler City

Political experience: Siler City Board Of Commissioners since 2004; Siler City Planning Board

Career: Retired, Progress Energy (Duke Energy Progress)

District 3

Name: Curtis R. Brown

Age: 60

Address: North Garden Avenue, Siler City

Political experience: co-chair and member since 2011, Siler City Planning Board

Career: Retired superintendent (wastewater and water distribution), town of Siler City; Welford Harris Ford

Name: Michael F. Constantino*

Address: Driftwood Drive, Siler City

District 4

Name: William “Bill” Haiges*

Address: South Dogwood Avenue, Siler City

At-large district

Name: Thomas “Chip” Price III*

Age: 62

Address: South Dogwood Avenue, Siler City

Political experience: Town commissioner since 2011; Chatham County Affordable Housing Committee; Chatham County Agriculture Advisory Board

Career: Logistics, Atlantic Power Solutions

Goldston

The mayor and two of five town commissioner seats are on the ballot.

Mayor (2-year term)





Board of Commissioners (4-year term)

Name: Steve Cunnup* (Ward 2)

Age: 70

Address: Hillcrest Avenue, Goldston

Political experience: Commissioner since 2007; vice president, past president, Goldston Lions Club

Website: facebook.com/steve.cunnup

Career: retired from telecommunications, Nokia (former Alcatel-Lucent)



Goldston-Gulf Sanitary District Board (4-year terms)

Three of five seats are on the 2019 ballot.







The story will be updated as more candidates file to run for election.

Tammy Grubb has written about Orange County’s politics, people and government since 2010. She is a UNC-Chapel Hill alumna and has lived and worked in the Triangle for over 25 years.

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