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The city of Hickory will have a primary on Oct. 8.

Hickory has primaries when a race for a given seat attracts more than two candidates.

Ward 3 Councilman Danny Seaver will face Daria Jackson and Nathan Hefner in the primary. The top two finishers will go on to compete in the Nov. 5 election.

As of Friday, the Ward 3 race is the only one with a primary. However, the race for the Ward 1 seat is also competitive, with Dustin Strickland and Tony Wood running for the seat.

Ward 2 Councilwoman Charlotte Williams is running and has no opposition, so far.

Filing for the 2019 municipal elections has been open for a week and more than 30 candidates are running for office in the eight municipalities with elections this year.

The race for Newton City Council is the most crowded by far, with nine candidates vying for the three open seats on the council.

There are also competitive races for Newton mayor, Maiden mayor, Conover City Council and Brookford Town Council.

Election filing for the Nov. 5 elections continues through noon on July 19. The filing fee is $12 for Hickory and $5 for all other municipalities.

For more information on election filing, call the Catawba County Board of Elections at 828-464-2424 or visit their office at 25 Government Drive in Newton.

The candidates who have filed as of Friday are listed below:

City of Hickory (Three council seats-Wards 1,2 and 3)

Dustin Strickland (Ward 1)

Tony Wood (Ward 1)

Charlotte Williams (Ward 2, incumbent)

Danny Seaver (Ward 3, incumbent)

Nathan Hefner (Ward 3)

Daria Jackson (Ward 3)

City of Newton (Mayor and three council seats)

Al Hoover (mayor)

John M. Stiver (mayor)

Jerry T. Hodge (council, incumbent)

Jody M. Dixon (council, incumbent)

Yerby Ray (council)

Rick Settlemyre (council)

Roy Johnson (council)

Beverly Danner Stull (council)

J. Mike Honeycutt (council)

Laddie H. Ford Jr. (council)

Mary Bess Lawing (council)

City of Conover (Three council seats)

Kyle J. Hayman (incumbent)

Bruce R. Eckard (incumbent)

Don Beal (incumbent)

Brenda J. Powell (council)

Tim Settlemyre (council)

City of Claremont (Three council seats)

David B. Morrow (council, incumbent)

David J. Pruitt (council)

Town of Catawba (Mayor and two council seats)

Donald “Duck” Robinson (mayor, incumbent)

Donald “Donnie” Allen (council, incumbent)

Amanda Drum Stewart (council)

Town of Maiden (Mayor and three council seats)

Max Bumgarner Jr. (mayor)

Zane R. Hudson (mayor)

Danny Lee Kiser (council)

Richard Fox (council)

Ronnie K. Williams (council)

Town of Long View (Three council seats- Wards 1,3 and 4)

Randall Mays (Ward 1, incumbent)

Thurman VanHorn (Ward 3, incumbent)

David Elder (Ward 4, incumbent)

Town of Brookford (Two council seats)

Bill McGregor (incumbent)

Sue Noblitt (incumbent)

Evelyn Fisher Yount (council)

Note: This story has been update to reflect the fact that there is no mayoral race in Claremont this year. 

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Kevin Griffin is the City of Hickory reporter at the Hickory Daily Record.

Hickory Daily Record city reporter Email: kgriffin@hickoryrecord.com

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