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Gov. Pat McCrory Makes It Official: He's Running For a Second Term PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 02 December 2015 06:24

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Saying there's more to do to continue North Carolina's economic recovery, Gov. Pat McCrory officially declared he is seeking a second term as the state's chief executive.

McCrory made the announcement on the first day of candidate filing. He used a nearly 3-minute video to ask North Carolinians to support him.

"There's still more to do" the governor says in the video, "and with your support, we'll finish the job."

The video, titled "Our Story," used strings and the piano for a melody that seeks to evoke emotion when coupled with photographs of the governor with his constituents and his wife.

Democrats Roy Cooper and Ken Spaulding are squaring off in the March 15 primary for the right to take on McCrory next November.

As of Day 1 of candidate filing, the governor has no primary opposition.

 
Senate Rules Chairman Tom Apodaca Won't Seek Re-Election PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 01 December 2015 06:27

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - He's one of the most powerful Republicans in the General Assembly, but Tom Apodaca has decided seven terms is enough.

The Senate Rules Chairman said Monday he will not seek re-election to his District 48 seat, which serves Buncombe, Henderson and Transylvania counties.

Apodaca joins a crowd of nearly two dozen legislators who are not interested in serving another term. That list includes Wake County Rep. Paul "Skip" Stam and Sen. Bob Rucho of Mecklenburg County.

Apodaca's announcement comes as the official filing period opens on Tuesday, Dec. 1. Candidates for office have until Dec. 21 to file the paperwork and pay the fees required to make the ballot.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 December 2015 06:28
 
We're Off! Candidate Filing Period Opens Tuesday, December 1 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 30 November 2015 06:49

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The speculation over who will run for which office this election cycle is coming down to the wire. On Tuesday, Dec. 1, candidate filing officially begins, according to the official election calendar posted by the state Board of Elections.

Filing lasts nearly three weeks, with the deadline falling on Monday, Dec. 21.

A complete guide to filing requirements, including forms and fees, can be found at ncsbe.gov.

 
State Board of Elections Chairman Josh Howard To Leave Post PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 25 November 2015 08:29

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The chairman of the state Board of Elections will leave the job effective Jan. 1.

Josh Howard made the announcement Tuesday but gave no specific reason for his decision.

Howard is a Republican on the bipartisan board. He was appointed by Gov. Pat McCrory to a four-year term that ends in May 2017. The governor will appoint a replacement from three names that wil be submitted to him by Republican Party Chairman Hasan Harnett.

Howard's Democratic colleague praised his service in a statement released by the board of elections.

“Throughout my service in the military and in state government over the past 12 years, I have worked with few individuals who have so thoughtfully served their constituents — in this case, the voters of North Carolina,” said Board Member Joshua Malcolm, a Democrat. “I have found Josh Howard is a man of deepest integrity.  Though appointed through a partisan process, our Board under Howard’s leadership has carried out its responsibilities in a manner beyond reproach.”

 
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