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 2018, click here.
|2019 Municipal Elections Offices and Filing Fees|
|Mayor of Wilmington||$125|
|Wilmington City Council (3 Seats)||$95|
|Mayor of Carolina Beach||$18|
|Carolina Beach Town Council (2 Seats)||$18|
|Mayor of Kure Beach||$24|
|Kure Beach Town Commission (2 Seats)||$24|
|Mayor of Wrightsville Beach||$10|
|Wrightsville Beach Board of Alderman (2 Seats)||$10|
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. § 163A-972). In signing his or her Notice of Candidacy, the candidate may use a nickname if candidate complies with the requirement specified in G.S. § 163A-972 and 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. § 163A-973)
Offices in the Jurisdiction of the State Board of Elections
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Candidate Filing Fact Sheets
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Additional Candidate Filing Information
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File for these offices at the North Carolina State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement
File for these offices at the your local county Board of Elections
2019 Municipal Elections Candidate Filing Begins
Friday, July 5, 2019 @ 12:00PM
2019 Municipal Elections Candidate Filing Ends
Friday, July 19, 2018 @ 12:00 PM