A candidate who had already filed to run for commissioner in Angier switched races Tuesday. Bob Smith is now running for mayor.
Smith, an incumbent on the Angier Board of Commissioners, withdrew his name as a candidate for the town’s District 2 seat just ahead of Tuesday’s 5 p.m. deadline to withdraw. He, then, filed to run for mayor.
Smith joins a competitive race against Brian Hawley, a first time candidate. Hawley’s wife Loru is a town commissioner.
Smith said changing races was a difficult decision.
“I felt like I was pretty safe in District 2 but there is still some division in town and I think my style of leadership will help moderate that,” Smith said. “As mayor I think I can contribute as a leader and a moderator.”
Smith is currently the mayor pro tem of the board. He was first appointed to the board upon the 2012 resignation of Billy Surles. He won the seat for a full term in 2013 and was reelected in 2015.
Erwin Commissioner Frankie Ballard also filed for re-election Tuesday. He enters a District 4 race that already has two candidates. Erin Harrington and Mindy Alvarado also seek to represent District 4.
In Benson, Dean McLamb filed for re-election in District 2. McLamb has held the seat since 2015.
He is the only candidate who had filed as of Wednesday.
Filing for all political offices ends Friday at noon.