Filing begins Monday for 2014 races

Feb. 08, 2014 @ 11:05 AM

Election season 2014 begins with the start of candidate filing at noon Monday.
Potential candidates will have until noon on Feb. 28 to make their intent official as they file to run for available positions available in Orange County.
“In the past, we’re normally busy that first day,” said Tracy Reams, the director of the Orange County board of elections. “That’s normally our busiest day.”
The positions available this election season are, N.C. Senate, N.C. House Districts 50 and 56, Orange County sheriff, register of deeds, clerk of court, county commissioner-at-large and county commissioners for districts 1, 2 and 4.
A special election is being held for the Carrboro Alderman to replace Lydia Lavelle who became Carrboro mayor in December. The winner of this seat will finish out the existing term through 2015.
Reams said that in preparation for the start of filing her staff gets “packets together with helpful information and additional resources for the candidates, makes sure that everyone is trained to input candidate information correctly and that we’re giving everyone the same information.”
Reams anticipates this filing season being a bit busier than before.
“The sheriff (Lindy Pendergrass) is not seeking re-election and there are seven potential candidates that have already organized with the intent to file,” said Reams. “The sheriff race will bring in more candidates.”
Potential candidates and incumbents have been announcing their intent to run since 2013, including Earl McKee, Mia Burroughs, Mark Marcoplos and Barry Jacobs for county commissioner and Bethany Chaney for Carrboro Alderman.
Incumbent Commissioner Alice Gordon along with the sheriff will not be seeking re-election.
Others seeking to have their name on the May 6 ballot, Reams said, should visit the Orange County board of elections website to complete the required paperwork and find out the amount of the filing fee.
Filing fees range from $5 and $10 for OCS school board and Carrboro board of Aldermen to $936 for the clerk of court and $207 for the state House and Senate.
The filing period for Soil and Water supervisors will begin at noon on June 16 and end at noon on July 7.
For information, visit the Orange County board of elections website.