T-N: Candidates begin filing for town council seats

Candidate filing for the Nov. 5 municipal elections began Friday in Henderson County, with several familiar faces already stepping in. . .

In Flat Rock, critics of the N.C. Department of Transportation’s plan to widen North Highland Lake Road have filed for all three of the council seats open this year. The plan was endorsed by the Flat Rock Village Council last year in a 5-1 vote.

Tom Carpenter, the clerk of session for Pinecrest Presbyterian Church, has filed for the District One seat held by Nick Weedman. Carpenter has been an outspoken critic of the road plan due to its impact on the church.

In District Two, incumbent Ginger Brown and challenger Anne Coletta have filed for the seat. Coletta is a former council member, serving from 2013 to 2017, and president of Cultural Landscape Group: Flat Rock, a group opposed to the North Highland Lake Road project.

David Dethero has filed for the open District Three seat held now by John Dockendorf, who has not filed yet. Dockendorf is the village’s representative on the Henderson County Transportation Advisory Committee. Dethero is listed as a board member for Historic Flat Rock Inc., according to the organization’s website.

Weedman, the village’s vice mayor, has announced his intention to run for mayor, a position currently held by Bob Staton. Weedman was the only council member to vote in opposition of the North Highland Lake Road project. Neither Staton or Weedman have formally filed yet. . .

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