Kinston’s mayor has had a change of heart and will seek re-election afterall.
B.J. Murphy filed paperwork at the Lenoir County Board of Elections Office shortly after 11:00 a.m. Today is the last day to file, and that ends at noon.
Murphy was first elected in 2009 and at the time was the first Republican elected to the post since Reconstruction. Earlier this year he announced he would not seek a second term.
But Murphy says his wife and supporters encouraged him in recent weeks to run again.
Two other people have already filed. Former city manager Ralph Clark and Kinston pastor John Marks, Jr. are running for the office as well.