Candidates qualify for May general primary

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Qualifying opened Monday for the May 19 general primary and continues until noon Friday. 

Offices representing Camden that are up for election include school board and county commission seats in districts 1, 3 and 5; sheriff; magistrate judge; coroner; tax commissioner; clerk of court; state senate District 3; state representative for districts 174 and 180; district attorney; three judges’ seats; and U.S. House District 1.    

Here’s a look at qualifying so far.


Board of commissioners, District 1

Lannie Brant (incumbent) — Republican

Patrick Tyler Murray — Republican

Monica McGowan — Democrat*

Walter R. Spencer — Democrat

Kevin M. Walker — Democrat


Board of commissioners, District 3

Trevor Readdick — Republican


Board of commissioners, District 5

Ben Casey (incumbent) — Republican


Board of education, District 1

Jason Chance (incumbent)


Board of education, District 3

James Coffel (incumbent)

Cheryl Ann Honeycutt


Board of education, District 5

Mark Giddens (incumbent)


Clerk of superior court

Joy Lynn Turner (incumbent) — Republican



Jim Proctor (incumbent) — independent


Probate judge

Beau Sweatt (incumbent)


Magistrate judge

Jennifer Lewis (incumbent)


Tax commissioner

Beth Soles (incumbent) — Republican


County coroner

Morris Wayne Peeples — Republican.


State Senate, District 3

Sheila McNeill — Republican

Cody Smith — Republican

David Sharpe — Republican


State House, District 174

John Corbett (incumbent) — Republican


State House, District 180

Steven Sainz (incumbent) — Republican


District attorney, Brunswick judicial circuit

Jackie Johnson (incumbent) — Republican


Superior Court Judge (Harrison)

Anthony Harrison (incumbent)


Superior Court Judge (Scarlett)

Stephen Scarlett (incumbent)


Superior Court Judge (Guy)

Bert Guy (incumbent)


US House, District 1

Buddy Carter (incumbent) — Republican

Danny Merritt — Republican

Joyce Marie Griggs — Democrat

Lisa Ring — Democrat

Barbara Seidman — Democrat


*McGowan initially qualified as an independent before changing to Democratic.