Those seeking certain public offices in North Carolina have until Dec. 20 to sign the paperwork to serve as legislators, judges, commissioners or as higher state and federal officials.

The filing period opened at noon Dec. 2, and will end exactly at noon Dec. 20, said Robbie Inman, the director of the Haywood County Board of Elections.

To get listed on the ballot for the March 3 primary election, candidates must fill out a candidate form, pay a filing fee and complete campaign finance paperwork if they intend to spend more than $1,000 on their campaign.

The filing fee for state legislative candidates is $140, while county commissioner candidates pay $133. District Court judges pay $1,220, while Superior Court judges pay $1,386 to file.

Late Monday, a Superior Court ruling in Wake County approved the Congressional district maps drawn by the N.C. Legislature, meaning that candidates for U.S. Congress could also begin filing for office, something that was up in the air before the court ruling, Inman said.

Those seeking spots on sanitary districts, soil conservation districts and school boards will file for office later in the year.

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