Two people have filed for Hoke County Board of Education

By Catharin Shepard • Editor • One more candidate has filed to run for a seat on the Hoke County Board of Education during the open filing period for the race, which is to be decided in the general election in November.

Christopher Leach filed to seek the office. He previously ran in 2022 for a seat on the Board of Education.

During his previous run, Leach said in a campaign announcement that he served as a dropout prevention specialist with Hoke County Schools. He has a bachelor’s degree in social science and a master’s degree in public administration. He is a U.S. Air Force veteran with over 10 years of service.

Leach joined candidate John Harry in the race. As of Tuesday morning, they were the only two candidates who had filed to seek election to the school board.

Harry put in his election bid last week at the Board of Elections. He previously ran for a seat on the Hoke County Board of Commissioners in the Democratic primary election this year.

Harry, according to his candidate questionnaire responses from that race, has lived in Hoke County for 30 years and is a retired military veteran with 36 years combined in the Navy and Army. He also previously served in law enforcement for the military, and in state, county and village levels.

The filing period for the two seats on the Hoke County Board of Education will remain open until August 5, 2024. The two school board incumbents whose seats are up for election this year are Keisha Gill and Rosa McAllister-McRae. The school board is a nonpartisan board, and did not have a partisan primary election.

The filing period for Soil and Water Conservation closed July 5, 2024, with only one person, Gary Hendrix, filing to seek the office. That seat is also nonpartisan.

Those races, and others including two seats on the Hoke County Board of Commissioners, will be decided in the general election this November.

Two seats on the Hoke County Board of Commissioners are contested and up for election this fall. Several other local elected offices are also up for decision this fall, but those offices are uncontested with only incumbents seeking election.

Incumbent Hoke County Commission Chairman James Leach and commission candidate Mary Blue McCollum, both Democrats, will face Republican candidates Stephanie Carter and David Frump in the race for two seats on the Hoke County Board of Commissioners. Leach and McCollum were the top vote getters in the Democratic primary election earlier this year.

In the contested election for North Carolina House of Representatives District 48, incumbent state Rep. Garland Pierce, a Democrat, will face Republican candidate Dr. Ralph Carter this fall.

Only incumbents filed to run for the offices of District Attorney and Register of Deeds, so those incumbents are running unopposed. Mike Hardin is Hoke and Moore County District Attorney, and Elaine Brayboy is Hoke County Register of Deeds. Commissioners appointed Brayboy to the office after the death of Camille Hurst.

For details on registering to vote, assistance obtaining a photo I.D. or other information, contact the Hoke County Board of Elections at (910) 875-9062, or email Hoke County Elections Director Chassidy Chavis at; or visit

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