The filing period for the 2023 municipal elections in Sanford and Broadway ended Friday, with just one contested race.
Of three ward seats and one at large seat on the Sanford City Council, and two at large seats on the Broadway Town Board and the Broadway mayor seat, only the Ward 4 seat on the Sanford City Council drew more than one candidate.
Sanford’s Ward 4 (southern and central portion of Sanford between U.S. 1, Weatherspoon Street, Horner Boulevard, and Garden Street) is currently held by Democrat Byron Buckels. Challenging him in the September primary will be fellow Democrat Tamekia Dowdy.
The one seat guaranteed to change hands is Sanford’s at large council seat. Incumbent Democrat Jimmy Haire didn’t file for a fourth term and will presumably be replaced by Democrat Walter Ferguson, who filed for the seat on July 7.
In Ward 2 (northern and western portions of Sanford and much of the Hawkins Avenue corridor), incumbent Republican Charles Taylor filed for a fifth term and didn’t draw a challenger.
In Ward 5 (southeastern portion of Sanford surrounding Jonesboro Heights), incumbent Democrat Jean Dabbs, who was appointed to the seat in March to fill the vacancy created by now-Mayor Rebecca Wyhof Salmon, filed for a full term and didn’t draw a challenger.
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In Broadway, which has a nonpartisan Town Board, incumbent Mayor Donald Andrews Jr. and incumbent at large Board Members Lynn West Green and Teresa Dew Kelly filed for re-election.
Sanford’s primary will be held September 12, and the general election for Sanford and Broadway will be held on November 7.