Catawba residents file for state posts

Several local officials are running for state office.

Hickory Mayor Rudy Wright filed for the office of N.C. state auditor on Wednesday, the last day of filing for state and local offices.

Wright has served as Hickory’s mayor since 2001 and was even voted America’s best mayor recently in a U.S. contest. Before taking office as mayor, Wright was a CPA for 24 years.

“I think that I’ve got a skill set that would serve you well in the state auditor position. That’s why I decided to run for state auditor,” Wright said.

Wright is one of five candidates vying for the state auditor position.

This is his first time running for any political office other than the mayor of Hickory.

“I feel good about my life’s work and I’d like to take to it another level,” Wright said.

If Wright were to be elected as state auditor, he would have to step down as mayor of Hickory, he said.

Newton resident Cherie Berry filed for re-election as the N.C.
commissioner of labor. Berry was first elected to the position in 2000. No one filed to run against her.

Other offices up for election

In addition to the office of the president and vice president, voters will elect a congressman for the 10th and 5th U.S. Congressional districts.

North Carolina voters will also elect a new governor and governor’s cabinet.