Politics & Government

Mecklenburg County candidates file to run for office

Nearly two dozen Mecklenburg County candidates kicked off the election season Monday, filing for offices from U.S. Congress to clerk of court.

Monday marked the start of a three-week filing period for offices across the state.

Candidates and supporters squeezed into the lobby of the Mecklenburg Board of Elections when filing began at noon. Other candidates – including those for Congress – filed at the state board in Raleigh.

Candidates face a May 6 primary and, if necessary, a mid-July runoff. Candidates running in the 12th Congressional District have overlapping contests: a special election piggybacked on a regular election, meaning their names will be appear on ballots twice on the same day. Jim Morrill