Except for NC's Congressional races, that is:
Political year 2020 gets underway in North Carolina today, as the filing period opens for candidates seeking most local, state and federal offices.
From noon today until noon Dec. 20, those wanting to appear on the ballot in 2020 can file with their local board of elections office or the state board in Raleigh, depending on which seat they are seeking. It’s this filing, rather than any announcements at party events or in the news media, that determines who shows up on next year’s ballot.
Now is the time for County Party officers (with help from Precinct folks) to focus on races that fall into their jurisdiction, with an eye towards making sure there is a viable candidate for each one. "Viable" might seem like a heavy-handed word, and it's as good a time as any to remind elected officers not to endorse in a Democratic Primary. But occasionally somebody will file who has neither the mental capacity nor the temperament and/or character to run a competitive campaign. That's what Primaries are for. There are well over 200 races in the upcoming Primary/General, including 170 General Assembly seats:
Among the candidates who will file this month with the N.C. Board of Elections are those for U.S. Senate, governor, lieutenant governor, Council of State, N.C. Supreme Court justice, Court of Appeals judge, District Court judge, Superior Court judge and district attorney.
Candidates who can file with their county elections office include those for N.C. Senate, N.C. House of Representatives and county commissioners.
Because different term lengths, offices and election cycles exist in counties and municipalities for various seats, such as school board, minor county offices and various municipal offices, some candidates for those seats may need to file with their county election boards during the December filing window, but others will have a later filing window. Many local offices, such as sheriff, will not be on the ballot for the 2020 election cycle.
We're going to wait awhile before posting our annual NC Senate and NC House candidate lists (maybe around the 12th), so let the candidate recruitment begin.