Candidate filing resumes, Feb. 24

Published 5:49 pm Tuesday, February 22, 2022

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Candidate filing for the 2022 statewide primary and rescheduled municipal elections will resume at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 24 and end at 12 noon on Friday, March 4.

On Dec. 8 of last year, the N.C. Supreme Court suspended the filing period, which had begun Dec. 6, and moved the date of the statewide primary and rescheduled municipal elections to Tuesday, May 17.

The general election is November 8.

Candidates who filed before the suspension of the filing period do not need to re-file if they still wish to run for the same office. However, those candidates may withdraw their candidacy during the new filing period and instead file for any other office for which they are eligible. The deadline to withdraw is the close of business on March 1.

At the time of the Dec. 8 suspension of filing, the following individuals had filed locally:

Bertie County

District 2 Board of Commissioners – Michael White of Merry Hill (Democrat)

District 2 Board of Commissioners – Greg Atkins of Colerain (Democrat)

District 3 Board of Commissioners – Corey Ballance Sr. of Aulander (Democrat)

District 5 Board of Commissioners – Ronald (Ron) Roberson of Windsor (Democrat)

Clerk of Superior Court – Vasti F. James of Windsor (Democrat)

Sheriff – Tyrone M. Ruffin of Aulander (Democrat)

Sheriff – Timothy Hardy of Windsor (Democrat)

Hertford County

District 1 Board of Commissioners – Leroy Douglas II of Woodland (Democrat)

District 2 Board of Commissioners – Andre Lassiter of Ahoskie (Democrat)

Clerk of Superior Court – Shirley Johnson of Murfreesboro (Democrat)

Sheriff – Dexter Hayes of Ahoskie (Democrat)

District 5 NC House of Representatives – Howard Hunter III of Ahoskie (Democrat)

District 5 NC House of Representatives – Donald Kirkland of Ahoskie (Republican)

Ahoskie Town Council (Ward A) – Charles Freeman

Gates County

Board of Commissioners, Gatesville District – Jack Owens (Democrat)

Board of Commissioners, Gates District – Brian Keith Rountree (Democrat)

Board of Commissioners, Eure District – Chris Odom (Republican)

Clerk of Superior Court – Monica Horton-Wiggins of Gatesville (Democrat)

Board of Education (non-partisan seat) – Phil Kiver of Hobbsville

Northampton County

District 4 Board of Commissioners – Melvetta Broadnax Taylor of Seaboard (Democrat)

District 5 Board of Commissioners – Richie Harding of Pleasant Hill (Democrat)

Clerk of Superior Court – Laquitta Green Cooper of Jackson (Democrat)

Sheriff – Jack E. Smith of Gaston (Democrat)

District 27 NC House of Representatives – Michael H. Wray of Gaston (Democrat)

District 27 NC House of Representatives – Wes Tripp of Halifax (Republican)

Board of Education (non-partisan seats) – Lucy M. Edwards of Henrico, and Catherine B. Moody

Board of Education (non-partisan seat; unexpired term) – Franklin D. Williams of Seaboard and Clinton M. Williams of Garysburg.

Depending on the office sought, candidates will file their Notices of Candidacy with either their county board of elections or the State Board of Elections.

Candidates for the following offices will file with the State Board: U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, N.C. Supreme Court Justice, Judge of the N.C. Court of Appeals, Superior Court judge, District Court judge, and District attorney.

Candidates for the following offices file with their county board of elections: N.C. Senate, N.C. House of Representatives, and all county-level and municipal offices.

Candidates filing with the State Board will file at the Governor James G. Martin Building, 4381 Trinity Road, Raleigh, located on the N.C. State Fairgrounds. (Note: This is a change in location, as candidate filing in December was held in the Exposition Center, also on the Fairgrounds.) Candidates and guests should enter the Fairgrounds through Gate 9 on Trinity Road.

Because of the smaller filing space at the Martin Building, candidates filing during busy times may be asked to wait outside until it is their time to file.

For candidates filing with the State Board, the following hours apply: From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on all business days during the filing period, except for Friday, March 4, when filing is open from 8 a.m. to noon.

For filing hours and address for a specific county board of elections, candidates should contact the county board.

Filing fees are required for all offices, unless a candidate has submitted a valid petition in lieu of paying a filing fee, and the petition has been certified.

Primary dates and deadlines

March 28: The date by which the boards of elections must make available absentee ballots, unless reduced by five days under N.C.G.S. 163-227.10(a).

April 22: Civilian voter registration deadline for the primary.

April 28: One-stop, in-person early voting period begins for the primary.

May 10: Deadline for civilians to submit an absentee ballot request form for the primary.

May 14: One-stop, in-person early voting period ends at 3 p.m. for the primary.

May 17: Election Day for the primary and civilian absentee ballot return deadline.

About Cal Bryant

Cal Bryant, a 40-year veteran of the newspaper industry, serves as the Editor at Roanoke-Chowan Publications, publishers of the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, Gates County Index, and Front Porch Living magazine.

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