There are 24 hours left until the deadline for candidates to file for the 2009 election, so expect a last-minute trickle of additional names on the ballots.

Carrboro Mayor Mark Chilton has a challenger, Amanda Ashley, who, according to her MySpace page, is a Wiccan feminist graphic artist. She works at Phydeaux.

Three incumbents have filed for Chapel Hill Town Council: Ed Harrison, who has served on Council since 2001 and has the distinction of living in the part of Chapel Hill that is in Durham County (don’t make us explain the strange annexations). In addition, Laurin Easthom, who was first elected to Council in 2005, filed, as did Jim Merritt, who was appointed to fill Bill Thorpe’s seat after Thorpe died last year.