Several local elected seats up for grabs

From staff reportsJuly 7, 2013 

Several local elected seats are up for grabs in this year’s election, including town council offices and some school board districts that represent western Wake County.

The candidate filing period began Friday and ends at noon July 19.

Voters will cast ballots in the Cary municipal races and for school board candidates on Oct. 8. For other municipalities, including Morrisville, Election Day is Nov. 5.

Here’s a rundown of local races:


Three Town Council seats are on the ballot – District A, represented by Jennifer Robinson; District C, represented by Jack Smith; and an at-large seat held by Ed Yerha.

Robinson was appointed to the council in 1999 and won her first elected four-year term in 2001.

A Cary resident since 1995, Robinson is a Realtor. She said she plans to seek re-election.

Smith has served six terms on the council, winning his first election in 1989. He moved to Cary in 1986 and is the owner of a consulting firm. He said he will seek another term in office.

Yerha was appointed to the council last August to serve the remainder of the term of Julie Robinson, who moved for her husband’s job.

Yerha, a tax analyst for computer company Lenovo, is a former planning and zoning board member and a 17-year resident of Cary. He declined to say whether he would file in this year’s race.


Four seats are open this year, including the mayoral post.

Mayor Jackie Holcombe said she will make an announcement this week about whether she plans to seek re-election.

At-large Councilman Mark Stohlman has said he plans to run for mayor.

The seats to represent District 2 and District 4, and an at-large seat, are also available.

Steve Diehl, who represents District 2, said he would decide soon whether to file to keep his seat. At-large Councilman Steve Rao also said he was considering his options. Margaret Broadwell, who represents District 4, plans to run for re-election. She has served on the council on and off since 1983.

Wake County Board of Education

Four school board seats are up for election – District 1, held by Tom Benton; District 2, held by John Tedesco; District 7, held by Deborah Prickett; and District 9, held by Bill Fletcher.

In western Wake, District 9 spans much of Cary, while District 7 includes Morrisville. District 2 reaches into Fuquay-Varina. (District 1 covers northeastern Wake.)

When he was appointed to the board in March to serve the remainder of Debra Goldman’s term, Fletcher said he was unsure whether he would seek election. But he said he wants to continue to serve on the board, especially to focus on academics.

“I received a lot of encouragement from people, both outside and inside the system,” Fletcher said.

Benton and Prickett also said they would run this fall. Tedesco hasn’t announced his decision.

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