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Elections update: candidates urged to be mindful of sign placement; filing opens Friday for most municipalities

Another election cycle is here. The filing period for the 2021 municipal elections starts Friday for most local municipalities, and some candidates for next year’s county and state elections are starting their campaigns as well.

Campaign signs of all sizes have popped up around the county recently. A local FedEx delivery driver took to Facebook to remind people to be mindful about where they plant their signs — particularly larger signs that can be visually obstructive for drivers looking to turn into traffic.

In his post, John Chavez mentioned and shared a photo of a campaign sign that was partially obstructing his view of oncoming traffic near the intersection of Pontiac Drive and Fifth Street. The sign is in support of Ernie Coleman’s reelection as sheriff of Beaufort County, a race that will be decided in 2022. Chavez said the post wasn’t directed specifically at Coleman; rather, it was a reminder to all local candidates to be mindful of where they put their signs.

“It is dangerous to obstruct (the) view of traffic, especially for us in these big FedEx vehicles,” Chavez wrote.

The 2021 filing period for all municipalities except Belhaven begins at noon on Friday, July 2, and ends at noon on Friday, July 16. Belhaven’s filing period starts on Monday, July 26 and ends on Friday, Aug. 13. Belhaven’s election cycle typically begins after the other municipalities after each census, or once every 10 years.

For more information about filing for a local election, visit https://www.beaufortncboe.org/.