It's time to set our sights on the November 2016 general election in which we'll elect our next president with what may be the largest voter turnout ever. And we'll be seeing the campaigns in earnest shortly: Dec. 1-21 was the candidate filing period for the primaries set for March 15. The field is set!
The N. C. Legislature at its last session moved the primary date up from its traditional May date in order for the state to be more influential in the presidential primaries. We North Carolina voters could well be pivotal in clinching the party nominations!
The earlier primary date has also meant that candidates decided and declared earlier, ready to start primary campaigns in earnest with the New Year.
At the county level, we will elect three county commissioners and a register of deeds. We'll also vote with other counties on a U. S. Senator and who's to represent our District 10 in the U. S. Congress.
The races for N. C. governor and lieutenant governor top state balloting. We'll also name Council of State officials, including secretary of state, attorney general, superintendent of public instruction, treasurer, auditor, and commissioners of agriculture, labor, and insurance.
For the state legislature, we will vote on a state senator for District 46 and state representatives for District 110 and 111 (depending on residence).
There'll also be some judicial races--more to come as details are gathered.