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