Candidates begin filing for Election 2010

Candidates for elected office began signing up for their races on Monday, which marked the official start of Election 2010.

The filing period runs through noon on Feb. 26. Early voting for the primary will start April 15 and go until May 1, with the primary election set for May 4. The general election will be Nov. 2, with early voting running Oct. 14-30.

This year, local sheriffs, county commissioners, school board members, clerks of court, judges and district attorneys are up for election, as are all members of the N.C. House and Senate. In Western North Carolina, U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler is also up for re-election.

Here’s a look at who has filed to run so far:

Chris Dixon of Arden, a Democrat, is running for the 48th N.C. Senate District. The district covers Buncombe, Henderson and Polk counties. The seat is held by Republican Sen. Tom Apodaca of Hendersonville.

In the 114th N.C. House District, Rep. Susan Fisher, a Buncombe County Democrat, is seeking another term. Republican John Carroll is also seeking the seat.

In the 115th N.C. House District, Rep. Bruce Goforth, a Buncombe County Democrat, is seeking re-election. He’s facing a Democratic primary challenge from former Buncombe County Commissioner Patsy Keever.

State Rep. Jane Whilden is seeking re-election in the 116th N.C. House District.

And Buncombe County Clerk of Court Steve Cogburn, a Democrat who was appointed to fill the seat for the retiring Bob Christy, will run for election. Republican John Sutton Jr. of Candler will challenge.

Go to the Buncombe County Election Services Web site for more information.

— Jason Sandford, multimedia editor

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