Candidates in and out of local races

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Elaine Wilson, of 115 Third St., Williamston announced this week that she plans to run for the Ward 4 seat on Williamston Town Council. Though she is not the first female to run for office in Williamston, if elected she would be the first to serve on council.

She is the second candidate to announce plans to run for council.

Former councilman Otis Scott recently announced that he also plans to run for the Ward 4 seat he previously held.

Scott served on the council from 2004-2008 and gave up the seat to run unsuccessfully for mayor in 2008.

The local political landscape changes week to week.

William “Curly” Leach, who recently announced that he was running for the office of mayor in Williamston announced this week that he is dropping out of the race.

Leach said changes in his personal and professional life, including an addition to the family, have changed his priorities.

Dr. R. Mack Durham, who currently serves as councilman in Ward 2, announced recently he is running for the mayor’s office.

Former Williamston mayor Phillip Clardy is also running for the office of mayor.

Current mayor Carthel Crout has not officially announced his intentions.