|Pam Melton is the Director of Political Affairs for the NC Credit Union League. She can be reached at 919-457-9067.
The candidate filing deadline is officially over and it ended as eventfully as it started! A record number of legislators decided not to run for office. Meanwhile, an impressive number of legislators are running for another office. A significant number of incumbents will face challengers and to add to the excitement, quite a few former legislators are hoping to be re-elected.
“The 2010 elections resulted in a record number of new legislators,” said Pam Melton, NCCUL Director of Political Affairs. “If you have any doubt about the 2012 elections being as eventful, you simply need to look at the gubernatorial race. Thirteen people have filed for the seat. There are 6 Democrats, 6 Republicans and 1 Libertarian hoping to be North Carolina’s next Governor.”
Five Congressional seats will have contested Democrat and Republican primaries. Even the Congressional races without primaries on both sides are still highly competitive. Sue Myrick’s seat is a perfect example of this. District 9 has eleven candidates running in the Republican primary. The winner of the Republican primary will face a Democrat and Libertarian in the general election.
The State House and Senate races will also be hotly contested. The Senate has 10 open seats and the House has 34 open seats.
“With so many seats in play and so many potential candidates to choose from, how do voters make informed decisions?” asked Melton. “The League is committed to being an election resource. We will provide candidate profiles and updates leading up to both the primary and general elections. In addition, we will feature an on-line election guide on the new League website.”
If you have any knowledge about a particular candidate or would like us to profile a particular district, contact Pam Melton with the League. Please find attached the final candidate filing list compiled by the NC State Board of Elections.