Candidate filing period began Monday

Published 9:30 am Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The regular filing period for candidates running for most elected offices across North Carolina in 2018 began Feb. 12 and ends at noon Feb. 28.

Filing may be done in person or by mail. For details, see the “Candidate Filing” page on the State Board of Elections website.

Candidates for Tyrrell County offices should contact the Board of Elections office in the Courthouse. Office hours are 9 AM to 3 PM, Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Offices appearing on the Tyrrell ballot this year are sheriff, clerk of court, two seats on the board of commissioners, three seats on the board of education, and two seats on the board of soil and water supervisors.

The elections for sheriff, clerk of court, and county commissioner are partisan, and candidates must declare their political party affiliation when filing.

The school board and soil and water board races are non-partisan, and the school board election on May 8will be final, with winners taking office in July.

A statewide candidate list will be posted to the State Board website and updated three times daily.

A separate process exists for candidates qualifying by petition and those running for seats on District Courts and Superior Courts. The filing period for District Court and Superior Court candidates will be June 18-29.

The 2018 primary election is May 8.

Candidates who wish to file for any office should review the appropriate Fact Sheet available on the “Candidate Filing” page of the State Board’s website. The State Board’s “Candidate’s Guide to Elections in North Carolina” is a valuable resource for all candidates.

In compliance with an order from the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, issued Feb. 9, candidates for N.C. Supreme Court and N.C. Court of Appeals will not file for election during the February filing period. Under the order, primaries will not be held for judicial offices in 2018.

Barring any further action by the  courts, those candidates will file during a special judicial filing period June 18-29. District and Superior Court candidates also will file in June.