Filing starts at noon Friday, July 5, for candidates seeking election to local municipal, sanitary districts boards and Dosher Hospital Board of Trustees.

The filing period will end Friday, July 19, at noon.

Polls will be open for municipal elections on Tuesday, November 5, while absentee one-stop voting dates are set from Wednesday, October 16, to Friday, November 1.

This filing period is for the 2019 municipal elections only. Candidate filing for the 2020 election will begin at noon, Monday, December 2, and end at noon, Friday, December 20.

Following are the seats open on area municipal boards for the upcoming 2019 election

Bald Head Island

Village voters will elect three council members. An ordinance approved in 2018 will stagger the terms. It sets the term length for the two top vote-getters in this election at four years while third place will get a two-year term.

Starting with the 2021 election, the mayor and two council members will be elected to four-year terms. In the 2023 election, two council members will receive four-year terms.

Council seats open this fall are those held by Kit Adcock, John May and John Pitera.

Seats held by Mayor Andy Sayre and council member Betsi Stephen are not up for election until 2021.

Boiling Spring Lakes

Voters will elect a mayor and two commissioners this fall.

Mayor Craig Caster’s seat is open for a two-year term. Two commissioner seats open are held by Dana Witt and Mark Stewart. They are four-year terms.

Witt was appointed in 2018 to fill a vacancy and will serve the remainder of the term, with that seat up for election this year.

Seats held by commissioners Guy Auger and Steven Barger are not up for election until 2021.

Bolivia

All seats are open in Bolivia this fall. Voters will elect a mayor and four aldermen, all to two-year terms. Seats held by Mayor Ella Jane Marston and commissioners Robert Mercer, Dewey Smith, Jeff Gibby and Warren Knox are up for election.

Caswell Beach

Voters in Caswell Beach will elect a mayor and three town commissioners this fall, all to four-year terms. Seats held by Mayor Deborah Ahlers and commissioners Lucian (Skip) Jones, Martyn Clarke and Dan O’Neill are open.

Clarke was appointed to fill a vacancy in 2018 and will serve the remainder of the term, with that seat open to a four-year term this fall.

Seats held by commissioners Marti Hardy and George Kassler are not up for election until 2021.

Oak Island

Voters will elect a mayor to a two-year term and three town councilors to four-year terms. Starting with the 2021 election, the mayor’s term will switch to four years.

Councilor seats open this fall are held by Sheila Mansfield Bell, Charlie Blalock and Jeff Winecoff.

Seats held by councilors John Bach and Loman Scott are not up for election until 2021.

Southport

Southport voters will elect a mayor and three aldermen this fall.

Mayor Jerry Dove’s seat is open for a two-year term. Voters will also fill two Ward 2 aldermen seats and one Ward 1 alderman seat for four-year terms.

Open aldermen seats are held by Robert Tucker (Ward 1), Jim Powell (Ward 2) and Rick Pukenas (Ward 2). Tucker was appointed in 2018 after the resignation of alderman Todd Coring to become police chief. That seat will be up for a full four-year term this fall.

Seats held by aldermen Marc Spencer, Karen Mosteller and Lora Sharkey are not up for election until 2021.

St. James

Two councilor seats are up for election this fall, both to four-year terms. The mayor is not elected by the voters but by the council from among its membership at the first organizational meeting after the election and will serve a two-year term.

Jean Toner now serves as mayor and that council seat is open, along with the council seat held by Don Lund.

Seats held by council members David DeLong, Wayne Deutscher and Jeff Mount are not up for election until 2021.

SBSD

Voters will elect two commissioners to four-year terms in the Southeast Brunswick Sanitary District. Seats held by Gordon Corlew and Peter Goewey are open this fall.

Three commissioners seats won’t be open until 2021. They are held by Robert (Bob) Smith, Fran Pagliaro and Bob Lloyd.

Dosher Trustees

Voters will elect four members to the Dosher Hospital Board of Trustees this fall, each to six-year terms.

Seats open are held by trustees Robert Howard, Debra Wood, Sherri Marshall and Linda Pukenas.

Howard was appointed in 2017 to a vacant seat after the resignation of Dr. Robert Zukoski and is serving the remainder of that term. Wood was elected in 2017 to fill an unexpired term. That seat is now up for a full six-year term.

Pukenas was appointed in 2018 to fill a vacancy left by the resignation of Jim White until the next election. This election will fill that seat for the remainder of White’s term or until 2021, when it will be up for a full six-year term.

Dates to remember

Voters should be aware of election deadlines so they are qualified to vote this fall. Residency deadline to vote in Brunswick County elections is Sunday, October 6.

Registration deadline for voters is Friday, October 11, to be eligible to vote in the November 5 election. Absentee ballots are available starting October 4 with the last day to request a ballot on Tuesday, October 29.

Residents who have a question about registration or filing can call the Brunswick County Board of Elections office at 910-253-2620 or email elections@brunswickcountync.gov. Online information is also available at www.brunswickcountync.gov/elections.