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Sylva to get new board member this fall

With the first two days of election filing in the books, only three people have signed up to run for elected positions in Jackson County municipalities, which have a total of eight open seats between them. 

In Sylva, the seats currently held by David Nestler, Harold Hensley and Greg McPherson are up for election. Nestler and McPherson, who both won their first terms in 2015, plan to run again — Nestler signed up on the first day of the filing period, and while McPherson has yet to file he said in a phone call that he intends to run. 

Hensley, however, will not be seeking re-election. First elected in 2003, Hensley, 82, has served a total of 14 years on the board. 

“It’s been a good trip, but it’s time for me to end it,” he said. 

In addition to Nestler, Luther Jones and Benjamin Guiney, who currently serves on the town’s planning board, have filed to run for the Sylva Board of Commissioners. 

As of press time Tuesday, nobody had yet filed to run for seats on the Webster Town Council or the Village of Forest Hills Council. 

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In Webster, the seats currently held by Billie Jo Bryson and Kelly Donaldson are up for election. In Forest Hills, the mayor’s seat — currently held by Kolleen Begley — and the council seats held by Niall Michelsen and Jonathan Brooks will be on the ballot. 

There will not be a town board election in Dillsboro this year. 

Election filing closes July 19. The Jackson County Board of Elections posts new filings as they occur on its Twitter and Facebook pages, or

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