Candidate filing for state offices in North Carolina is now open, including the offices of state legislature, governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, and judges. Candidates began officially declaring their candidacies at noon today (Monday, December 2), and will be able to do so through noon on December 20.
With filing now underway, the contest for the next decade of environmental policy in our state has been joined in earnest. As it continues, NCLCV’s Conservation PAC (CPAC) will bring you our recommendations in key contests as they are determined. CPAC has already endorsed environmental champion Gov. Roy Cooper for re-election.
Among other powers, the state legislature elected in 2020 will determine the terms for drawing legislative maps for the coming decade. Who wins power under those maps in 2022 and beyond will decide the fate of the water we drink, the air we breathe, our health, and access to clean energy for at least a generation.
Speaking of redistricting, a state court heard arguments this morning in the congressional gerrymandering case, and ultimately ruled that the General Assembly’s redrawn maps would stand for the 2020 elections. Plaintiffs may yet appeal this ruling to a higher court. But for now, the three-judge panel opened congressional candidate filing immediately. For more on that case, click here.