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Candidate filing may be extended

Dec. 7. By Dave Vieser. The on-again off-again filing for the March 8, 2022 primaries is on again. Late Monday, the 15-member State Court of Appeals over-rode an earlier decision which halted filing. The decisions were in response to two lawsuits.

About the lawsuits

One, filed by the North Carolina League of Conservation Voters, challenged both the legislative and congressional maps. The other, filed by voters supported by a group affiliated with the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, addressed only the state’s Congressional maps.

Major impact on Marcus

In NC Senate District 41, part of Cornelius and all of Davidson have been combined with Iredell County. Incumbent Natasha Marcus is unsure whether she will run in the newly drawn district which should lean Republican. If she runs, her opponent would be Sen. Vickie Sawyer from Iredell County.

Filing period may be extended

The window for filing is narrow. Due to the confusion generated by Monday’s decisions, the state Board of Elections may seek to extend the period by a few days. If not, prospective primary candidates must file no later than noon Friday Dec. 17.