Run for Office 2016

If you're thinking of running for office in 2016, the time to act is shorten then you think, and just got shorter. The General Assembly just moved up the filing period to December 2015. 

The goal of the Libertarian Party of North Carolina is to run as many candidates for office as possible, especially the General Assembly. Here is some basic information to help you prepare. 

The filing period opens at noon Dec. 1 and closes at noon Dec. 21. If more than two Libertarians file for an office, the primary will be March 15, in conjunction with a Presidential Primary. 

File for state offices at your local board of elections. File for state-wide, judicial, and national offices at the State Board of Elections in Raleigh. 

The registration fee for all national and state-level offices (Council of State, General Assembly, Congrees) is 10 percent of the salary. The fee varies for local offices. Check with the local board of election. 

A candidate must be a registered voter of the same political party in which he or she intends to file at least 75 days prior to the date the candidate files. That date is Oct. 7, if you file on the last day possible.

Here are the qualifications to file for office. 

Governor and Lieutenant Governor 

  • At least 30 years of age

  • A citizen of the United States for at least five years

  • A resident of North Carolina for at least two years 

Other Council of State

(Secretary of State, State Auditor, State Treasurer, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Attorney General, Commissioner of Agriculture, Commissioner of Labor, Commissioner of Insurance) 

  • At least 21 years of age

  • Candidates for Attorney General must be licensed to practice law in North Carolina.

  • Filing fee is $1,424 for governor and $1,257 for all other Council of State offices. 

State House 

  • 21 years old at the time of the election

  • Resident of the district for one year prior to the election.

  • Registered to vote in the district and eligible to vote for the office filed for

  • Filing fee: $207 

State Senate 

  • 25 years old at the time of the election

  • NC resident for two years prior to the election

  • Residence in district for one year prior to election

  • Registered to vote in the district and eligible to vote for the office filed for

  • Filing fee is also $207. 

U.S. House 

  • 25 years of age or older

  • A U.S. citizen for at least 7 years

  • Resident and registered voter of the state where seeking office. But you're not required to be a resident of the Congressional District in which you're seeking election.

  • Filing fee: $1,740 

U.S. Senate 

  • 30 years of age or older

  • A U.S. citizen for at least 9 years

  • Resident and registered voter of the state where seeking office

  • Filing fee: $1,740 

Full details and filing forms go the State Board of Elections website.

Questions? Contact Brian Irving, LPNC vice chair. 

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