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Brantz Still Only Boone Mayoral Candidate in Special Filing Period That Ends Tomorrow

By Jesse Wood

As of Tuesday at about noon, only current Mayor Pro-Tem Rennie Brantz has filed his candidacy for the Boone mayoral race so far.


Brantz filed at the beginning of the special candidate filing period, which started on Thursday at noon. In conjunction with the mayoral race, there is also a special filing period for the contest for resigned Councilwoman Jennifer Pena’s seat. The filing for both contests ends on Wednesday at noon.

For the town council seats, candidates are allowed to choose whether they want to run for Pena’s seat or the three at-large, expiring seats up for election in November. Of the six people who filed for the town council race, only one – Jennifer Teague – has already “clarified” that she wants to run for Pena’s seat.

If the special filing period ended today, Teague would be the only candidate for Pena’s seat and Loretta Clawson, Jeannine Underdown Collins, Charlotte MIzelle, David Welsh and Lynne Mason would be vying for the expiring seats.

With about 24 hours left to file, staff at Watauga County Board of Elections said nobody else had shown up to file since the special filing period opened on Thursday. The talk around the office is that if anybody is going to file, they expect it to occur at the last minute on Tuesday.

“It will probably be tomorrow if it’s going to happen,” Donna Houck, staff at the Watauga County Board of Elections, said.

Ball’s resignation is effective at the end of July. At a council meeting last week, the council voted to give mayoral duties to Brantz, the current mayor pro-tem rather than select an interim mayor.