Candidate filing begins today for 2023 municipal elections
Published 11:02 am Friday, July 7, 2023
From North Carolina State Board of Elections:
|Raleigh, N.C. — Candidate filing for the 2023 municipal elections begins at noon today, Friday, July 7, and ends at noon Friday, July 21. Candidates who file will run in elections this fall that will take place in about 90 counties across North Carolina.
Contests on ballots in 2023 include city, town, and village offices, such as mayor and town or city council members (most counties), Board of Education contests (some counties), and Sanitary District Board contests (some counties).
For details on election contests and dates, including a county-by-county map, see Upcoming Election.
Updated candidate lists will be posted daily during the filing period on the State Board’s website: Candidate Lists.
About 475 of the state’s more than 550 cities, towns, and villages – also called municipalities – have elections in 2023. Municipalities are local governments that make decisions about development, policing, water and waste services, local taxation, and other issues that affect voters’ daily lives.
“Service at the municipal level often has the most direct impact on the communities in which we live. We hope many candidates sign up to run for local office this year,” said Karen Brinson Bell, executive director of the State Board of Elections. “We also encourage eligible individuals across the state to register and vote in their local elections.”
There are three municipal election dates, based on the type of election used by a municipality:
For detailed information about candidate filing and running for election, see the 2023 Municipal Candidate Guide.
To file for municipal office, a candidate must:
Candidates for boards of education and sanitary district boards must be at least 21 years old by Election Day, reside within the district of the office they seek, and pay a filing fee of 1% of the annual salary for the office sought.
Prospective candidates with questions about the filing process should contact their county board of elections.