Filing for Office

To see a list of the contests and candidates who will appear on ballots during the 2018 Primary Election on Tuesday, May 8, please click here.

To see a list of all candidates who filed during the 2018 Candidate Filing Period, please click here.

Candidates must file a Notice of Candidacy with the New Hanover County Board of Elections during the Candidate Filing Period.

The filing fee must be paid in the form of a check or money order, payable to the State Board of Elections or New Hanover County (filing fees $50 and under may be paid in cash). Business or corporate checks are not accepted.

To see an Excel file of candidates who have filed for office in New Hanover County from 2004 to 2017, click here.

2018 Candidate Filing Fees:

North Carolina State Senator $207
North Carolina State Representative $207
County Commissioner $176
Board of Education $127
Clerk of Superior Court $1,105
Sheriff $1,460


Notice of candidacy signature witness requirements: The Notice of Candidacy must be signed in the presence of the Chairman, or Executive Director of the State or New Hanover County Board of Elections, or a candidate may have his/her signature on the notice of candidacy acknowledged and certified to by any officer authorized to administer an oath, including a notary (G.S. § 163-106). In signing his or her Notice of Candidacy, the candidate may use a nickname if candidate complies with the requirement specified in G.S. § 163-106 and G.S. § 163-323(a), which includes submitting an affidavit.

Party affiliation requirements for partisan offices: No person shall be permitted to file as a candidate of any political party in a party primary if the person, at the time of filing his or her notice of candidacy, is registered as an affiliate of a different political party. No person registered as “unaffiliated” (without any party affiliation) shall be eligible to file as a candidate in a primary. 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 90 days as of the date of that person filing such notice of candidacy (G.S. § 163-106(b))

Offices in the Jurisdiction of the State Board of Elections

To see information regarding the offices under the jurisdiction of the NCSBE, please click here.

Candidate Filing Fact Sheets

To view Fact Sheets regarding running for a specific office or as an Unaffiliated/Write-In candidate, please click here.

Additional Candidate Filing Information

For more information on running for office, please click here.

File for these offices at the North Carolina State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement

  • United States House of Representatives
  • District Attorney
  • All Judicial Offices

File for these offices at the your local county Board of Elections

  • North Carolina Senate
  • North Carolina House of Representatives
  • Most County Offices


Primary Election Candidate Filing Begins
Monday, February 12, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Primary Election Candidate Filing Ends
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Board of Elections: 230 Government Center Drive, Suite 38 • Wilmington, NC 28403 • Phone 910-798-7330 • Fax 910-798-7295