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filing overview

Staff report
The Rowan County Board of Elections was a hopping place Monday, the first day of the filing period for the 2008 elections.
The filing period continues through noon Feb. 29.
Those who filed Monday are as follows.
For Rowan County commissioner. All are Republicans:
– Carl Lindsey Ford, of 320 Ketchie Estate Road, China Grove. He’s a challenger.
– James Blanchard Sides Jr., of 150 Henkle Craig Farm Road, Salisbury. He’s an incumbent.
– Michael T. Miller, of 2730 Patterson Road, China Grove. He’s a challenger.
For the Kannapolis School Board:
– Todd E. Adams, of 1018 Westlake Drive, Kannapolis. He’s a challenger.
For the District 76 seat in the N.C. House of Representatives. Both are Republicans:
– Fred Franklin Steen II, of 317 Daybrook Drive, Landis. He’s an incumbent.
– Robert Willard Campbell, of 2275 River Road, Richfield. He’s a challenger.
For the District 77 seat in the N.C. House of Representatives:
– Lorene Thomason Coates, of 1345 Gheen Road, Salisbury. She’s an incumbent and a Democrat.
– Ada Markita Fisher, of P.O. Box 777, Salisbury. She’s a challenger and a Republican.
Also filing for District 34 in the State Senate:
– Andrew C. Brock, of 2207 Farmington Road, Mocksville. He’s an incumbent and a Republican.
Though Brock filed in Mocksville, District 34 covers all of Davie and Rowan counties.
At the State Board of Elections in Raleigh, Duskin C. Lassiter, a Democrat from Lexington, filed to challenge U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole, a Republican from Salisbury. Also, Teresa Sue Bratton, a Democrat from Greensboro, filed for the 6th Congressional District, which includes part of Rowan County. That seat is currently held by Rep. Howard Coble, a Republican.
Larry Kissell, a Democrat from Biscoe, issued a statement saying he had filed to mount his second challenge to U.S. Rep. Robin Hayes in the 8th District, though his name didn’t appear on the state elections board Web site Monday evening. Kissell ran against Hayes in 2006.
In Cabarrus County filings:
– Republican Bob Carruth, of Concord, filed for re-election to the Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners.
– Fletcher Hartsell, a Republican from Concord, filed for re-election to the 36th Senatorial District. Mike Helms, a Democrat from Mount Pleasant, filed to challenge Hartsell.
– Jeff Barnhart, of Concord, and Linda Johnson, of Kannapolis, filed for re-election to the 82nd and 83rd N.C. House districts, respectively. Both are Republicans.

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