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Two file for unexpired town seat
MULL

Two Nashville residents have filed for the unexpired seat once held by Patricia Rogers.

Marguerite Bishop filed on Monday, the first day to file for the November 3 Municipal Elections.

On Tuesday, July 7, James "Butch" Mull, Jr. filed for the seat.

Rogers resigned from her seat on May 27. She was appointed to the board after the death of her husband, Tommy Rogers, in 2013. Nashville's Town Council recently decided to not appoint someone to fill Rogers' vacated seat but instead wait until elections and let the voters decide.

Bishop and her husband, West, moved to Nashville around five years ago for her husband's job. The couple have a three-year-old son, Emerson, and are expecting a daughter in September.

Bishop, who is a biology teacher at Nash Community College, said her family love Nashville and she wants to be a part of its future success.

"I love the Town of Nashville," Bishop said. "I just what continue to improve on an already great town for young families."

"I just want to give back," she added.

Bishop said this is the first elected office she has ran for but said she served as an Extension Agent in South Carolina, where she worked with town governments.

Mull has lived in Nashville since 1973. He is a retired volunteer fire fighter with Nashville's Fire Department and is also recently retired from the NC Forestry Service. He also serves in the Oak Level Ruritan Club.

Recently, Mull and his wife, Claudia, purchased the Church Street Grill. On most days, you can find Mull working at the grill, where he said he grew up eating at when it was known as Pete's.

Mull said he was asked to run for the Town Council and said he feels like he can offer something to the board.

"I just feel like, being a non-politician, I can bring the public's view to the council and what is best needed for the Town of Nashville," he said.

"I just feel like I can bring a different outlook to the council and try to do what's best for the town," Mull added.

No one else has filed for the unexpired seat but last week, Michael Coleman announced his intentions to file. At that time, Coleman said he would be out of town when filing began and planned to file at a later time.

Two other Nashville Town Council seats are up for grabs in the upcoming elections and both incumbents filed to keep their seats on Monday.

Louise Hinton and Charles Taylor both filed on Monday to serve another term.

Nashville Mayor Donald Street also filed for another term as the town's mayor.

Two seats are also up for grabs on Red Oak's Board of Commissioners. Tony Bennett and Bill Moore, who currently hold the seats, filed on Monday to serve another term.

No one else has filed as of Wednesday morning for the November 3 elections.

Three commissioner seats are available in Bailey, along with the Mayor's seat. Three commissioner seats are also up available in both Castalia and Middlesex. The Mayor's seat and two commissioner seats are available in Momeyer and two commissioner seats are available in Spring Hope.

The filing fee to run for commissioner seats in Bailey, Castalia, Middlesex, Momeyer and Red Oak is $5. The filing fee for town council in Nashville and commissioner seats in Spring Hope is $10. The filing fee for the mayor seat in Bailey and Nashville is also $10. The filing fee for the Momeyer mayor seat is $5.

Filing began on Monday, July 6 at 8 a.m. It will end on Friday, July 17 at 12 noon.

Filing dates are the same for the October 6 Municipal Elections, which are held in Sharspburg and the City of Rocky Mount.

There are three town commissioner seats up for grabs in Sharpsburg. So far, incumbent Linda Virgil and newcomer Mary Jackson have filed for those seats.

The mayor's seat, along with the city county Ward's 4 and 5 are up for grabs in Rocky Mount.

Current Mayor David Combs has filed for re-election but is already facing at least one challenger, as David C. Drummond, II, also filed for the seat on Monday.

Lois Watkins, who currently serves the Ward 4 seat, and Tom Rogers, who currently serves the Ward 5 seat, also filed for re-election.


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