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Filing for municipal seats in New Hanover County starts today

The New Hanover County Board of Elections candidate filing period opened Friday at noon (Port City Daily photo/MICHAEL PRAATS)
The New Hanover County Board of Elections candidate filing period opened Friday at noon (Port City Daily photo/MICHAEL PRAATS)

WILMINGTON — The period for candidates in New Hanover County to announce their intention to run for municipal offices started Friday at noon and will end July 21. Candidates who intend on running for offices in Wilmington, Carolina Beach, Wrightsville Beach, and Kure Beach must file with the New Hanover County Board of Elections.

Candidates must also pay a filing fee, and depending on which municipality and what position the candidate is running for will determine the fee. For the City of Wilmington mayoral seat, the filing fee is $125, while the three City Council seats up for grabs will cost $95.

For the Town of Wrightsville Beach, filing fees for all open seats are $10, while Carolina Beach charges $18, and Kure Beach fees are $24.

Candidates must bring a valid photo identification for the notarization of filing paperwork, and must file a “statement of organization” within 10 days of filing.

Who’s running

As of end of day on Friday, several candidates had already filed with the county from the different municipalities. Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo announced his intention to run again, while Clifford Barnett and Hollis Briggs Jr, have filed for the open Wilmington City Council seats.

Wrightsville Beach Mayor Bill Blair and Alderman Hank Miller will run as incumbents in November, and Pat Bradford and Ken Dull have filed to run for town alderman.

Mayor Pro Tem Craig Bloszinsky filed to fill the mayoral seat open in Kure Beach.

Carolina Beach Mayor Dan Wilcox will be running to retain his position in November, and Council Members LeAnn Pierce and Gary Doetsch will follow suit and run to retain their seats.


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