The State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement announced a special candidate filing period for two judgeships in the state, required as a result of changes made in HB717. Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed the bill up against the filing period, extending the opening for judicial seats in the state.
Because of the changes made in the law requiring that only Montgomery County residents are eligible to fill the District Court judgeship in that district the filing period had to be re-opened for Superior Court District 19A and District Court District 20A.
The special filing period will open at noon on July 9 and run until noon July 13.
Candidates for those judicial seats must file candidacy with the state board and pay the filing fee, $1,326 for the Superior Court seat and $1,167 for the District Court seat.
Candidates may file in person at the state board office at 430 N. Salisbury St in Raleigh or they may mail notarized filing paperwork and the fee to: State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement, P.O. Box 27255, Raleigh, NC 27611-7255.
If mailing in, the filing documents must be received by the state board during the filing period, a state board representative said.
State board officials remind candidates that they must receive certification from their county board of elections before filing with the State Board and judicial candidates also must include their North Carolina State Bar number on their Notice of Candidacy.
In vetoing the legislation that made the changes, Cooper issued identical statements regarding his reasons for vetoing multiple pieces of legislation regarding judicial elections in the state saying, “The legislative attempts to rig the courts by reducing the people’s vote hurts justice. Piecemeal attempts to target judges create unnecessary confusion and show contempt for North Carolina’s judiciary.”