The 2024 general election is nearly 11 months away – on Tuesday, Nov. 5 – but it’s not too early for the Rhino Times to project some winners.
Filing for the 2024 election closed at noon on Friday, Dec. 15, and since nobody filed to run against a number of candidates, it’s a pretty safe bet that they are going to win whether they spend a nickel on their campaign or not. It is possible for a candidate to lose even if they have no competition on the ballot because there can be write-in candidates. However, the chance of a write-in candidate winning are somewhere between slim and none, but much closer to none.
District 8 Guilford County Commissioner Skip Alston, who was just re-elected chairman of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners, attracts a lot of opposition from people who comment on articles. However, despite the fact that some people are opposed to just about everything Alston supports, not one person in District 8 filed to run against Alston. So, while other candidates are battling their way through a contested primary on March 5, Alston won’t even be on the primary ballot. And for the general election, his name will be the only one on the ballot in the District 8 Guilford County commissioner race – giving Alston an excellent chance of winning.
District 1 Guilford County Board of Education member T. Dianne Bellamy-Small has been involved in some heated elections over the years, having served on the Greensboro City Council before losing a re-election bid, and then being elected to the Guilford County Board of Education. But this year Bellamy-Small should be able to waltz back into her school board seat for another four years since no one filed to run against her.
Guilford County Register of Deeds Jeff Thigpen was first elected register of deeds in 2004, and since no one filed to run against him, on Nov. 5 he will almost certainly be re-elected to serve another four years as Mr. Deeds.
District 58 North Carolina House Rep. Amos Quick, who started his political career on the Guilford County Board of Education, will be all alone on the ballot in the District 58 race.
District 28 NC state Sen. Gladys Robinson filed on opening day and no Democrat or Republican has filed to run against her.
Nine Democratic candidates are running unopposed for Guilford County District Court judge. They are Tonia A. Cutchin, Ashely Watlington-Simms, Carolina Tomlinson-Pemberton, Walter W. (Trip) Baker III, Michelle Fletcher, Angela C. Foster, Angela (Angie) Bullard Fox and Bill Davis.