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Nine apply for Maggie Valley alderman seat

haywoodIn a surprising last-minute turnout, nine Maggie Valley residents have submitted applications to be considered for a board of aldermen vacancy.

Maggie Valley Board of Aldermen put out a request for applicants after former alderwoman Saralyn Price won a write-in campaign for mayor during the November election. With a full lineup up candidates, the town board will now begin conducting interviews to find the right person to complete Price’s two-year unexpired term.  

Some of the applicants aren’t a surprise — Billy Case and Nikki McCauley said they planned to apply for the board vacancy after they failed to get enough votes in the November election.  

  • McCauley is owner of Salty Dog’s Seafood and Grill in Maggie Valley and has lived in the area for 10 years. 
  • Case has run for the town board three times and currently serves as the chairman of the town’s planning board. Many in the community have questioned why Case would apply to sit on the board after being found guilty in December of two counts of death by vehicle accident. The conviction stemmed from an accident last June when Case allegedly pulled out in front of two motorcycles on Soco Road. Case has maintained his innocence and is appealing his verdict. 
  • Clayton Davis, long-time horticulture agent for Haywood County and a resident of Maggie Valley for more than 50 years, has also applied for the board. He has been involved in beautification projects in the valley for many years. 
  • Brad Pendley is part owner of Maggie Mountaineer Crafts and is an active member of the Maggie Valley Chamber of Commerce.
  • Robert Bradley is a longtime fixture in Maggie Valley as he worked as a gunfighter and choreographer for more than 30 years at Ghost Town in the Sky amusement park. 
  • Allen Alsbrooks, owner of Hearth and Home Inn, has been active in town politics for many years and currently serves on the town’s zoning board of adjustments. 
  • Tinker Moody owns and works at Ella’s Salon and Spa in Maggie Valley.
  • James Samuel Rice Jr. is the manager of Blue Mountain Inn. When asked on the application whether he had ever been charged with a felony, Rice said he had been convicted of four DWIs but the last one was in 1995. 
  • Bruce Bain is retired from the insurance industry and has worked with the town on a number of issues concerning his homeowners association. 

The town board will meet Wednesday morning to discuss how the interview process will go. The board hopes to make an appointment sometime in February. 

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