Filing period begins for May primary
Posted February 1, 2010 4:42 p.m. EST
Updated February 2, 2010 5:35 p.m. EST
OCEAN ISLE BEACH, N.C. — The political season officially kicked off Tuesday. The period during which candidates can file to put their name on the primary ballot began at noon. Candidates have until Feb. 26 to make their intentions known.
Democrat David Redwine, a veteran of the state Legislature, announced he will run for the State Senate seat vacated by Sen. R.C. Soles. Redwine was a key budget writer for 20 years until he lost his seat in 2002.
Soles announced in December he wouldn't seek re-election after more than 40 years in the Legislature. He's been indicted on an assault with a deadly weapon charge after shooting a former client at Soles' home last summer.
Two Republicans -- Bettie Fennell and Bill Rabon-- have also announced plans to seek Soles' seat.
Republican Bernie Reeves filed with Federal Elections Commission to take on Brad Miller in the 13th Congressional District.
Miller's recent filing shows he had about $188,000 on hand at the end of 2009. The other Republican in the race, Bill Randall, has more than $4,400 in his campaign fund.