Filing for Office

Schedule and other details are subject to change pursuant to legislative updates, court order, or administrative adjustment.

Candidates must file a Municipal Notice of Candidacy Form with the New Hanover County Board of Elections during the Candidate Filing Period. The Candidate Filing Period for the 2021 Municipal Elections has concluded, but ran from Friday, July 2, 2021 at noon to on Friday, July 16, 2021 at noon. The next candidate filing will be for the 2022 elections and is scheduled to begin on Friday, December 6, 2021 at noon, and will conclude on Friday, December 17, 2021 at noon.

When filing at the New Hanover County Board of Elections Office, filing fees can be paid in the form of check or money order for any amount, or cash given that the filing fee is $50 or less. Checks and money orders must be payable to  “New Hanover County.” For offices filed at the North Carolina State Board of Elections office, check for specific information regarding check and money order requirements. Business or corporate checks are not accepted.

For a list of candidates who have a filed a Municipal Notice of Candidacy Form with our office for the 2021 Municipal Elections, click here

To view the 2021 Municipal Candidate Guide published by the NC State Board of Elections, click here.

2021 Municipal Candidate Filing Offices and Filing Fees
Municipality Office Filing Fee
City of Wilmington Mayor $125
Council Member $95
Town of Carolina Beach Mayor $18
Council Member $18
 Town of Kure Beach Mayor $24
Board of Commissioners $24
 Town of Wrightsville Beach Mayor $10
Alderman $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. § 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 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. § 163-106.1)

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.

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

  • 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 and Local Offices


2021 Municipal Candidate Filing Begins
Friday, July 2, 2021 @ 12:00PM
2021 Municipal Candidate Filing Ends
Friday, July 16, 2021 @ 12:00 PM

Find candidate filing documentation and assorted forms below: 

Board of Elections: 1241A Military Cutoff Road, Wilmington, NC 28405 • Phone 910-798-7330 • Fax 910-798-7295
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