Candidate filing begins today for 2018 (Mid-Term) Election

And you don't have to be a crotchety old man to ride the Blue Wave:

State Senator
At least 25 years of age by the date of the general election
Residence in state for two years prior to election
Residence in district for one year immediately prior to general election1
Registered to vote in the district and eligible to vote for the office

State House Representative
At least 21 years of age by the date of the general election
Residence in district for one year immediately prior to general election2
Registered to vote in the district and eligible to vote for the office

If I'm reading those footnotes correctly, the one year residency requirement is waived if your District is one that was "fixed" (which map, I don't know), but you still need to have set up a residency by the end of the filing period (Feb 28). Here are some other requirements for candidates, and those of you who have announced early need to pay close attention:

IMPORTANT: You must file an organizational report with the Disclosure section of this agency within ten days of becoming a candidate. You “become a candidate” when you file the notice of candidacy form. HOWEVER, you may also become a candidate and trigger the requirement to file the organizational report much earlier by either 1) making a public announcement of a definite intent to run for public office in a particular election, or 2) spending money or receiving money (or goods or services) in support of your candidacy. If any of these actions has been taken, you have ten days from the public announcement or from first receipt of funds (or goods or services) or ten days from your first expenditure, including expenditure of personal funds to file the organizational report.

For further information about this report please call the main line for this agency, 919/814-0700, and ask to speak with someone from the Disclosure section of this agency.

Disclosure of economic interest is also required. G.S. § 138A-22

The State Government Ethics Act requires that candidates for an office covered by the Act file a Statement of Economic Interest with the State Board of Elections within 10 days of the filing deadline for the office the
candidate seeks. Please see the section of our webpage that discusses the requirements at this link: Statement of Economic Interest (SEI).

We'll be following up in the next few days with blog posts identifying NC Senate and House seats that do not have a Democratic candidate challenging them yet, so be on the lookout. You may know (or even be) the right person for the job, so let's break some dang records for candidate recruitment.
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