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FILING OPENS: 20 candidates file for seats in 2024

Flat Rock Vice Mayor Anne Coletta signs up to run for mayor while Elections Director Summer Heatherly inputs her registration.

Election filing got off to a strong start Monday when 20 candidates filed for local and state seats.

Flat Rock's vice mayor, Anne Coletta, signed up to run for mayor after incumbent Nick Weedman announced he would retire when his term expires in December 2024. Laurel Park Mayor Carey O'Cain filed for re-election. Five candidates filed for the Henderson County Board of Commissioners. Former School Board Chair Amy Lynn Holt signed up to win a seat to return to the board, Robert Bridges filed for re-election and former board member Michael Absher, who lost his seat in the 2020 election, will attempt to return to the board. Qualifying ends at noon Dec. 15. The primary election is March 3 and the general election is Nov. 5. Here are the candidates who filed Monday (with party affiliation indicated in elections that are partisan):

  • Flat Rock Mayor, Anne Guerard Coletta
  • Flat Rock District 1, Thomas F. Carpenter
  • Flat Rock District 3, Cheryl Stuller
  • Laurel Park Mayor, Carey O'Cain
  • Laurel Park Town Council, George Banta
  • Laurel Park Town Council, Travis Bonnema
  • County Commissioner District 2, Daniel Andreotta, R
  • County Commissioner District 2, Sheila Franklin, R
  • County Commissioner District 2, Erik Weber, D
  • County Commissioner District 5, Jay Egolf, R
  • County Commissioner District 5, David Harold Hill, R
  • Hendersonville City Council, Jennifer Hensley
  • Fletcher Town Council District 2, Keith Reed
  • Fletcher Town Council District 3, James Player
  • School Board, Amy Lynn Holt, R
  • School Board, Robert Bridges, R
  • NC Senate District 48, Timothy Moffitt, R
  • NC House District 113, Jake Johnson, R
  • NC House District 117, Jennifer Capps Balkcom, R
  • District Court Judge, James Marshall, R