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TAR HEEL, N.C. (AP) -- The races for mayor and three commissionseats are wide open in the small North Carolina town of Tar Heel --because no one bothered to run.

No one has registered as a candidate for the fall elections inthe Bladen County town. The story was first reported by WECT-TV.

The ballots will be printed with blank spaces for voters towrite in their choices.

Current Mayor Ricky Martin says he's not surprised no one wantsthe jobs. Even in a town of 117, it's hard work with littlecompensation. And Martin says state budget cuts mean the nextelected officials might have to raise taxes.

Cynthia Shaw, the director of the county's board of elections,says it's the first time she has seen an entire town without acandidate.

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