Want to help shape the direction of your community? Got thick skin?
If so, you may want to consider running for office.
Qualifying for municipal elections in Pembroke and Richmond Hill begins Monday morning and continues until Friday afternoon at both city halls.
The election is Nov. 5, though early voting will start in October in both cities.
Both councils will have seats up for grabs but in Pembroke, they all are. That means Mayor Judy Cook, Mayor Pro Tem Johnnie Miller, Council-member- At Large Ernest Hamilton and councilmembers Karen Lynn, post 2; Dianne Moore, post 3, and Tiffany Walraven, post 4, are up for re-election.
Cook, who is serving her fourth term as mayor, intends to run one more time, she said earlier this year. The other council members have indicated they will seek another term as well, according to City Administrator Alex Floyd.
So far, no challengers have announced to the News.
There are three positions to fill in Richmond Hill posts 2, 3 and 4.
Incumbents Bill Donahue and Les Fusell, both council appointees earlier this year, are planning to seek full terms beginning in 2020. The seat being vacated by Post 2 Councilwoman Tara Baraniak is also up for a vote this fall.
Baraniak is moving to Florida. Among those expected to run for a seat is the city’s former planning and zoning director, Steve Scholar.
Qualifying fees are $150 for council posts in Richmond Hill. In both instances, the city clerks are in charge of the elections.
In Pembroke the election supervisor is Sharroll Fanslau. In Richmond Hill, it’s Dawnne Greene.