TRINITY — The period for candidates to file for mayor and two seats on the Trinity City Council opened Monday with the formal entry of the city’s top official.

Mayor Richard McNabb was the first candidate in the city to file at the Randolph County Board of Elections in Asheboro after the period kicked off at noon. No other candidates filed Monday.

The two council seats up this year are the Ward 4 post held by Councilman Don Payne and the Ward 2 seat held by Councilman Stephen Lawing.

The filing period concludes at noon Aug. 13.

Candidate filing for the vast majority of municipalities in the area and state took place earlier this month, but Trinity council incumbents and challengers file in a different manner and have a separate filing period. Council candidates file based on their residency in wards, though all Trinity residents vote for each office.

Voters in Trinity and other cities and towns will settle their local contests in the Nov. 2 general election.

McNabb said he wants to remain in office to take part in ongoing city business.

“We are working on sewer projects,” he said. “We’ve got 1,150 houses with projects on the books. The next two or three years, we are going to have to do something with sewer service.”

McNabb said if he wins another term he’d also continue working with the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office, which contracts with the city to provide law enforcement.

McNabb was appointed to the post this past January in the wake of the death of Mayor Jesse Hill. McNabb served on the Trinity Planning & Zoning Board for about 10 years.

Trinity has a mayor, four ward council members and an at-large council representative. The council members serve staggered four-year terms. Municipal elections in Trinity and other area cities and towns are nonpartisan, meaning the party affiliation of the candidates doesn’t appear on the ballot.

All three officials whose seats are to be decided have been part of a local government that has recently approved plans for considerable growth in the city.

The council members have also participated in a pair of split votes that will help set the direction for future planning. Trinity City Council voted 3-2 last year to pass a resolution that cleared the way for the sale of alcohol at any grocery stores, hotels, motels and restaurants inside the city limits. Payne and Lawing both voted against the measure.

In a decision that many believed could largely be impacted by the alcohol referendum, council decided not to add another law enforcement officer this year after it did not appropriate funding for an additional position in its budget. Lawing and Payne both voted not to add another deputy, while McNabb indicated he would have liked to see additional deputies but did not have a vote.

Staff writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 336-888-3578, or at

Staff writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 336-888-3578, or at