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Nedra Moles, who has served as Register of Deeds since 1994, said Monday will not run for a sixth term.
Moles said two or three potential candidates have indicated they might run. She said she won't endorse anyone as her successor.
"I can't do that and I won't do it," she said. "People have come to me and talked to me about it. I wish everybody good luck that's looking to do it."
King, 42, is a ninth generation Henderson County native. His campaign treasurer, Hendersonville attorney Whitney Staton Hebert, joined him at the Board of Elections for the signup and filing of paperwork.
"I would like to work with the county commissioners to adopt an ordinance so that delinquent taxes are paid before a deed is recorded, so the buyer is not stuck with a tax bill they may not be aware of," said King, who is the delinquent tax collector for the county.
The Legislature recently passed a state law enabling counties to enact the local ordinance King recommends but so far Henderson County has not acted.
A genealogy enthusiast, King traces his roots to Samuel King, who fought at Valley Forge under Gen. George Washington before settling in Mills River. King's wife is a Stepp and he figures dozens if not hundreds of county residents are relatives, however distance. Whitney Staton Hebert is one of his many cousins.