Two bid for re-election

LAURINBURG — Two current city council members filed for re-election on the first day of the two-week filing period for Scotland County’s municipal elections.

Mary Jo Adams, who represents District 2, and Curtis Leak, who represents District 1, will bid for another four-year term.

Filing will remain open at the Scotland County Board of Elections from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday before closing at noon on July 17.

Laurinburg Mayor Tommy Parker is up for re-election, as are Gibson Mayor Ronnie Hudson, Wagram Mayor Milton Farmer and East Laurinburg Mayor Wayne Caulder.

Laurinburg’s mayor and council members all serve four-year terms. The filing fee for all Laurinburg offices is $25.

Farmer’s seat will be open for another two-year term. The town commissioners seats held by Bernice Gorham, Paschal Stewart, and Jackie Laviner will also be open to new contenders. Of the three candidates ultimately elected, the top two vote-getters will serve four-year terms and the third will serve a two-year term.

The filing fee for all Wagram offices is $5.

As East Laurinburg’s mayor and town commissioners all serve two-year terms, those four seats will also be open for new candidates this year. The filing fees are $18 for mayoral candidates and $12 for commissioners.

In addition to Hudson, Gibson town commissioners Stephen Hudson and Randy Pearson will have to file again for a chance to remain in their seats. Gibson’s mayoral term is two years, while its commissioner terms are four. The filing fee for candidates to any of the three seats is $15.

The Scotland County Board of Elections is located at the county annex at 231 East Cronly St. in Laurinburg.