Serving on the Guilford County Board of Commissioners for about $30,000 a year must be a pretty good job because most of those on the board with expiring terms in late 2022 want to hold onto those seats for another four years.
On Monday, Dec. 6, the filing period for the March 2022 primary election opened up and there are familiar faces seeking reelection.
As of noon on Tuesday, Dec. 7 Democratic Commissioner Carlvena Foster had filed to hold onto her District 1 seat. Republican Commissioner Alan Perdue had filed to keep his District 2 seat. Democratic Commissioner Kay Cashion had also signed up for another effort to keep her at-large seat, which is the only commissioners’ seat that will get votes from all across the county.
In District 3, Republican Commissioner Justin Conrad has not filed and he stated earlier this year that he does not intend to run for reelection. Conrad, who’s in the food supply business, told the Rhino Times recently that his work had been consuming a tremendous amount of his time this year. Conrad did indicate that, in the future, voters may very well see his name on the ballot for a commissioners’ seat –or for some other office.
A big admirer of Conrad, Oak Ridge Town Councilmember George McClellan, a Republican, will be seeking Conrad’s District 3 seat. McClellan said earlier this year that he was a lot more likely to run if Conrad did not because he didn’t want to attempt to unseat a commissioner who was doing so much good for the county.
As of noon Tuesday, not all the faces in the races were well known ones: Newcomer Derek Tyler Mobley, a Democrat and Greensboro resident, has also signed up to compete for the District 3 County Commissioner seat that Conrad will step down from at the end of 2022.