T.W. Permenter, incumbent mayor for the city of Pinehurst, will face an opponent for the May 12 election.

Pete Runnels, former mayor of Pinehurst, city administrator and Orange County Judge wrote in a press release he has filed the application to have his name placed on the ballot for mayor of Pinehurst.

“I served as mayor of Pinehurst three terms and I am aware of the expectations, duties and responsibilities of this position,” he wrote. “I also represented you as city administrator and Orange County judge. The experience gained from being the budget officer for both our city and county enables me to address issues facing our community immediately.”

Runnels has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Sam Houston State University, majoring in business and minoring in economics.

“I represented you as your mayor when the Pinehurst Senior Citizens Picnic began. I represented you as your county judge when Orange County Ambulance Service was started,” Runnels stated. “With great anticipation I look forward to working for you with the city council and staff.”