2016 Candidate Filing

Current Candidate Listing

Special Judicial Filing Period


Notice of Special Judicial Filing Period

The State Board of Elections has designated a special filing period for qualified candidates to file for election to the unexpired term of two judicial offices in which vacancies recently occurred.


·         Superior Court, District 10C, seat formerly held by Paul G. Gessner

·         Superior Court, District 20B, seat formerly held by W. David Lee


Qualified candidates may file during this special period running from noon on Monday, February 8 to noon on Friday, February 12 at the State Board of Elections office at 441 North Harrington Street in Raleigh.  The candidate filing form is available from the State Board of Elections and the filing fee for this office is $1,269.


Prior to filing, candidates must first visit their county board of elections to have their voter registration verified by the County Board of Elections director.


The North Carolina State Board of Elections is the state agency charged with overall responsibility for administration of the elections process and campaign finance disclosure in North Carolina. The office of the State Board of Elections works in conjunction with County Board of Elections offices to ensure that elections are conducted lawfully and fairly. Our office is located at 441 N. Harrington St., Raleigh, NC.

Candidate Order on Primary Ballots

The random selection for the order of candidate names on the 2016 primary ballots will take place on Monday, December 21, 2015 at 12:15 p.m. at the offices of the State Board of Elections. WATCH IT LIVE HERE.  

The following section covers the administrative aspect of candidate filing, in which the candidate qualifies for his or her name to appear on a ballot. Campaign reporting obligations may begin before the candidate files a Notice of Candidacy. For more information about campaign reporting, visit the Campaign Finance area of our website.

The date of the 2016 Statewide Primary, including the Presidential Preference Primary, will be Tuesday, March 15, 2016. The candidate filing period for the 2016 Primary and General Election will be from noon on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 to noon on Monday, December 21, 2015.

Checklist for Candidates Seeking to File for Office at the State Board of Elections

Know where to file ( Visit 2016 Candidates Guide.)

Review the Notice of Candidacy form. You may complete most of the segments digitally and then print the form.

Candidates who will file at the State Board of Elections office need to complete the Verification by County Board of Elections section of this Notice of Candidacy form at their County Board Office prior to filing their Notice of Candidacy with the state.

Bring this Notice of Candidacy form along with your filing fee to the State Board of Elections.

Make your check payable to NC State Board of Elections in the exact amount of your filing fee.

Be sure to complete each section of the Notice of Candidacy form:

TOP OF FORM:. Select County or State depending on where you wi?ll file and include the office you are filing for. You do not need a candidate ID number in advance. That will be generated at the State Board when submitting your paperwork.

CANDIDATE’S NOTICE AND PLEDGE:. select applicable box. If you are filing for judicial or district attorney contests, be sure to include your State Bar number

CANDIDATE INFORMATION:. Include your Full Legal Name and your Name to Appear on Ballot. Remember your contact information will be publicly available.

FELONY DISCLOSURE:. Select YES or NO. (If YES you will need to complete the Candidate Felony Disclosure form within 48 hours of submitting your Notice of Candidacy).

AFFIDAVIT ATTESTING TO NICKNAME:. Only complete this section if you will be using a nickname on the ballot. (Visit 2016 Candidates Guide for rules on using nicknames.)

CANDIDATES AFFIRMATION:. Sign and date in the presence of a notary

(page 2) CERTIFICATION AND ACKNOWLEDGMENT:. We have notaries on-site however if mailing you will need to make sure all notarizations required have been completed.

(page 2) VERIFICATION BY COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS:. Completed at county board before submitting Notice of Candidacy to State Board.

If filing on-site bring your photo ID in the event that we need to notarize any forms.

If you choose to file via mail make sure you have enclosed your Notice of Candidacy form, with all applicable segments signed and notarized, and your filing fee.

All potential candidates should be aware of Campaign Finance requirements. Please review those now by visiting http://www.ncsbe.gov/Campaign-Finance. Questions about campaign finance should be directed to the Campaign Finance office at (919) 733- 7173 or at campaign.reporting@ncsbe.gov.

The list of candidates who have filed will be updated on the State Board website three times per day throughout the filing period.

Party Change and Filing Schedule

For purposes of the 2016 Statewide Primary and General Election, no person shall be permitted to file as a candidate in a party primary unless that person has been affiliated with that party for at least 75 days as of the date of that person filing such notice of candidacy. A person registered as "unaffiliated" shall be ineligible to file as a candidate in a party primary election. If a person changed party affiliation after October 7, 2015, he will not be eligible to file as a candidate in a partisan primary contest. Specific to the contest in which the candidate desires to file, there may be other filing requirements based on age and residency.

Change of Party Date

Eligible to File as of:


Tuesday, December 1, 2015


Wednesday, December 2, 2015


Thursday, December 3, 2015


Friday, December 4, 2015


Saturday, December 5, 2015 (file as of 12/7/15)


Sunday, December 6, 2015 (file as of 12/7/15)


Monday, December 7, 2015


Tuesday, December 8, 2015


Wednesday, December 9, 2015


Thursday, December 10, 2015


Friday, December 11, 2015


Saturday, December 12, 2015 (file as of 12/14/15)


Sunday, December 13, 2015 (file as of 12/14/15)


Monday, December 14, 2015


Tuesday, December 15, 2015


Wednesday, December 16, 2015


Thursday, December 17, 2015


Friday, December 18, 2015


Saturday, December 19, 2015 (file as of 12/21/15)


Sunday, December 20, 2015 (file as of 12/21/15)


Monday, December 21, 2015