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Election year kicks in with NC candidate filing

Posted February 13, 2012

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— North Carolina's election season has started in earnest as candidates are filing paperwork for positions from governor to county commissioner.

The filing period began at noon Monday with competitors lining up at the State Board of Elections in Raleigh and all 100 county board offices. Filing period ends Feb. 29.

About 40 candidates had filed at the state board in the first hour, including Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry, Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill Faison.

Faison is one of three Democrats who want to succeed incumbent Gov. Beverly Perdue, who isn't seeking a second term. Other Democrats also could file. It's unclear whether Republican candidate Pat McCrory will face primary opposition.

Perdue, who said she plans to use her final year in office campaigning for more state funding for public education, declined to endorse any candidate Monday during an appearance at a Raleigh school.

"I hope people across North Carolina will look for a candidate who says, 'I'm all about education. I'm all about pre-K, public schools, community colleges and universities," she said.

The primary is May 8. The general election is Nov. 6.

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  • Rebelyell55 Feb 13, 2012

    Word of the wise to any canadiate. Don't even start about PreK or whatever nonsense that is. It's a program that was shoved down the throats of the tax payers of NC. Everyone I know says it's a waste of tax payers money. While sounding good on paper, it's not no where near what people were told. Study show it's useless. Now, some liberal judge has said we must do it. How many other states are having to do this? Not as many as people think.

  • Rebelyell55 Feb 13, 2012

    Register and vote as an independent. Take away the power of the parties who have shown to be corrupt, inside trading, for special interest hacks who would sell their grandmother for a buck. We need leaders who'll stand for the rights of the citizens of NC. We need leaders who aren't driven by special interest, corp. greedy and looking for inside information to abuse our tax dollars. We need a leader who'll stand up to Fed abuse of our states and laws. We need someone who'll make our goverment accountable for what and how it spends tax dollars. We certainly don't need the same old, same old running our state goverment. Time for a change, a change for the future of our state. By being a register independent voter, you can help take the power away from the controlling parties and give back to the people of NC. Once these parties don't have a voters base, then the power of the goverment will revert back to the citizens. Help stop the abuse.

  • JustAName Feb 13, 2012

    computer trainer, thanks for the info, but my point was, that if WRAL is going to report that they don't know, then they should go to the party head quarters and get a quote that they don't know. Even if registration is today, people have been putting out feelers before today (except for the Democrat party, which only recently needed a new candidate).

  • Screw WrAl Feb 13, 2012

    And so the attacks on the unstable Faison begin.

  • rrainey3 Feb 13, 2012

    It's sometimes difficult to see the difference between thr term 'Career Political ' and Career Criminal ' I'm to old and cranky to rub for any office but I would support any of you with no experience in politics if you chose to run.

  • smegma Feb 13, 2012

    i vote for Stephen Colbert

  • computer trainer Feb 13, 2012

    JustAName, today is the first day of Official Filing. Anyone can run on any party, they just have to file. If someone else files on the Republican party, there will be a Republican Primary. If only Pat McCrory runs as a Republican, he will not face anyone until after the primary's are done. AND then, if the Democratic contender WILL debate, there will be debates before the November election.

    Primaries are May 8th

    General Election is November 6th

  • lasm Feb 13, 2012

    JustAName: "Isn't that what reporters are supposed to do? Figure out who is running for the office?"
    No, they are not suppose to "figure out who is running".....they are SUPPOSE to report the news AS IT HAPPENS and not SPECULATE. Speculation is not news-"who they THINK (emphasis added)will be on the ballet" is NOT news, it becomes bias when they "think" and "speculate". If we did not have so much "thinking" (and I use that word loosely-it should be "attempting to be influential") by the news media and more reporting only the news (TRUTH), maybe some people would start to listen and observe for themselves and become a more informed society. Then, maybe, we could have more responsible leaders elected-and vote to throw them out when they don't live up to their "promises".

  • JustAName Feb 13, 2012

    "It's also unclear whether Republican candidate Pat McCrory will face primary opposition."

    Isn't that what reporters are supposed to do? Figure out who is running for the office? When Bev announced she wasn't running, WRAL posted who might and might not run for two days. Why don't you get a reporter to go ask the Democrat, Republican, Green and Libertarian parties who they think will be on the ballet?

  • Rebelyell55 Feb 13, 2012

    Do people still run for dog catcher?