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Filing still open for seats on the Rowan County Board of Education

SALISBURY — The number of candidates running for the Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education has remained unchanged since filing opened in late July.

As of Monday, only three candidates had filed to run since July 20.

This year, the Board of Education has four seats up for election: Seat 1, representing the North area; Seat 2, representing the South area; Seat 4, representing the West area; and Seat 6, representing a special district.

Two incumbents filed to run for re-election — Travis Allen for Seat 4 and Jean Kennedy for Seat 6.

The third candidate is Kevin Jones, who is running for Seat 1. Currently, Richard Miller holds that seat. Miller did not respond to an inquiry about whether he plans to run for re-election.

In November, Jones ran for re-election to the Spencer Board of Aldermen. Should he be elected to the Board of Education, Jones would have to resign from the town board.

As of Monday evening, no one had filed to run for Seat 2, currently held by Dean Hunter. Hunter did not respond to an inquiry about his intent Monday.

Seat 1 represents North Rowan High, Henderson Independent, North Rowan Middle, North Rowan Elementary and Hanford Dole Elementary schools.

Seat 4 represents West Rowan High, West Rowan Middle, Hurley Elementary, Mount Ulla Elementary and West Rowan Elementary School, which will consolidate Cleveland and Woodleaf elementaries and open in December.

Seat 2 represents South Rowan High, Corriher-Lipe Middle, China Grove Elementary, Enochville Elementary, Landis Elementary and Millbridge Elementary schools.

Seat 6 represents special areas throughout the county.

Those interested in running for the Board of Education must live within the geographic area of the seat they file for. However, voters may vote candidates in any area in November.

Filing for the Board of Education ends at noon Aug. 17. Candidates must file at the Rowan County Board of Elections Office, 1935 Jake Alexander Blvd. W., Suite D-10. There is a $5 filing fee.

For more information, call the Board of Elections at 704-216-8140.

Contact reporter Rebecca Rider at 704-797-4264. 

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