It will definitely be an active political year, with multiple candidates for almost every open position, and a primary required for a number of races. Six candidates Philip Gerard Doyle of Clemmons on the Republican side, William Clinton Stinson of Booneville, Gardenia Mae Henley of Winston-Salem, Michael Wayne Holleman of Wilkesboro, and Joshua Ethan Brannon of Vilas seeking the Democratic nomination. The 24th District Attorney race has three Republicans and no Democrats seeking to replace retiring Jerry Wilson, including Britt Springer of Boone, Seth Banks of Burnsville, and current Watauga Commission chair Nathan Miller seeking the seat. Eight candidates are seeking the three open seats on the Watauga Commission, including two seeking Miller