02/13/12 — Election filing period officially begins today

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Election filing period officially begins today

By From staff reports
Published in News on February 13, 2012 1:46 PM

The filing period for several local elections began today at noon, when several people were expected make their candidacies official.

Municipal elections, held over from November because of redistricting, will be held for the mayor and full town boards in Mount Olive and Fremont and for city council in Goldsboro.

Those elections come in addition to the normal presidential election year field, which includes all seven seats on the Wayne County Board of Commissioners. Three seats on the Wayne County Board of Education -- Districts 2 and 3 and the at-large seat -- will also be up for election.

The filing period will end at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 29.

Primaries will be held May 8, and if necessary, on June 26. The general election will be held Nov. 6.

In addition to the above, Wayne voters also will select candidates for register of deeds, five district court judges, state senators in Districts 5 and 7 and state representatives in Districts 4, 10 and 21.

The races for judicial seats, school board seats, the register of deeds and Soil and Water Conservation board are non-partisan.

And along with the office of president, voters will select a governor and members of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Wayne voters will cast ballots in one of two newly carved congressional races: The 1st District, now held by Democrat G.K. Butterfield, and the 13th District seat.

Most of the county is in the 13th District, with an arm of the 1st District reaching in from northeast Wayne to take in voters in Goldsboro and Mount Olive.

Legislative districts also have been redrawn. The state Senate districts mirror the congressional districts, with Senate District 5 comparable to the 1st Congressional District and state Senate District 7 also taking up most of rural sections of the county.

House District 10 takes in most of northern and western Wayne. House District 21 takes in Goldsboro and reaches south to Mount Olive. The eastern part of the county, along with parts of Grantham and areas north of Goldsboro are included in the 4th District.