Qualifying for municipal elections came to a close at 4:30 p.m. Friday, and the latter part of the week brought several incumbents, a previous council member and a political newcomer into the ring for Pembroke City Council.
But things were quiet at Richmond Hill City Hall, leaving Post 3 incumbent Jimmy Hires and Post 4 incumbent Marilyn Hodges, along with respective challengers John Fesperman and Jan Bass the only names slated for that city’s ballot.
Meanwhile in Pembroke, several eyes are on the at-large seat for the council, as three candidates – Doug Kangeter, Ernest Hamilton and Randall Faircloth – qualified for the position by the end of the week, according to City Clerk Betty Hill.
Kangeter, who currently represents the city’s District 2, said he decided to run for the at-large seat because plans to build a house could take him outside the district during the next four years.
Kangeter, who owns a logging business and has lived in Pembroke all his life, said he decided to seek re-election to continue the work of the current council.
“We’ve got some things going on in Pembroke, and I want to be here to see what’s in progress get done,” he said.
Hamilton is a retiree who previously served on city council and held the city Public Works Superintendent position for 18 years.
“Being a prior council member at large, there are some things that need to be done that some of the (current) councilmen are not aware of, like water and sewage,” he said.
Hamilton served as the council member at large from 2000-2008, and lost his seat to current council member at large Angela Reed in the 2008 election. Reed is not running for re-election.
Third at-large candidate Faircloth could not be reached by press time.
District 3 council member Dianne Moore has qualified for re-election to that seat. She said she decided to run for another term because she enjoys being a part of city government.
“I’ve learned a lot and I’ve done a lot to benefit my district and Pembroke during my time,” she said. “I do my best to work for the citizens of Pembroke.”
If elected, this will be Moore’s second term on the council and she said she’s lived in Pembroke for nearly 32 years.
Council member Tiffany Walraven also has decided to run for her District 4 seat again. She said her decision for re-election came from her experiences during the last four years.
“I’ve enjoyed working with the city for the last four years and trying to help move it forward, and I’ve enjoyed learning about a lot of new aspects about the city that I didn’t know before,” she said.
District 1 council member Johnnie Miller also qualified by Friday, though he could not be reached for comment by presstime.
Earlier in the week, Mary Warnell qualified for Pembroke’s mayoral seat and Kim McGhee qualified for the District 2 seat.