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Jackson files for Hertford mayor

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From staff reports

Friday, July 12, 2019

Quentin Jackson, Hertford Town Council’s mayor pro tem, is seeking the town’s top elected job.

Jackson, who is in the middle of his first four-year term, filed for mayor on Tuesday, according to the Perquimans Board of Elections.

Jackson joins newcomer Earnell Brown, a 69-year-old retired federal government worker, who filed for mayor last week.

Incumbent Mayor Horace Reid has not said yet whether he’ll seek another term.

Under state election law, Jackson does not have to step down from Hertford Town Council to run for mayor since both offices are part of the same governing body.

Jackson’s filing for mayor came on the same day a Perquimans County Superior Court jury found him not guilty of felony perjury.

Jackson was charged after testifying in a previous District Court trial that he was not on probation when in fact he was.

Taking the witness stand on Tuesday to explain the discrepancy, Jackson claimed that he believed the statement to be true — that he was not on probation — when he made it in court.

The 12-member jury who heard the case apparently agreed, taking less than an hour to reach a unanimous verdict clearing him of the charge.

Also filing in Hertford on Tuesday was incumbent Town Councilor Gracie Felton. Felton, who was appointed to her seat when former Councilman Archie Aples resigned in December, is seeking one of two open seats on the town’s governing board. She joins newcomers Jerry Mimlitsch and Robert Ashley Hodges, who filed for the seats last week.

Incumbent Councilor Sid Eley, who holds the other open seat, has not said whether he’ll seek another term.

Elsewhere, William Hackney High Jr. filed to run for the open 1st Ward seat in Edenton.

Jimmy Stallings, the incumbent councilor in the 1st Ward, has filed to run for Edenton mayor. Roland Vaughan, the town’s current mayor, has already announced he doesn’t plan to seek another term.

Also filing in Edenton are incumbent Sam Dixon, who filed for re-election to his 2nd Ward seat, and first-time candidate Roger Coleman, who filed for the at-large seat now held by Steve Biggs.

There were no new filings in either Elizabeth City or Winfall on Thursday.

Currently, all incumbents in Elizabeth City except one, Third Ward Councilor Kem Spence, have filed for re-election. No challengers have filed for city councilor or mayor.

In Winfall, incumbent Mayor Fred Yates has filed for a new term, as has incumbent Councilor Tyrone White. Incumbent Steav Congdon has not filed yet.

The filing period for the municipal election in Elizabeth City in October, and the elections in Edenton, Hertford and Winfall in November, continues weekdays through Friday, July 19 at noon.