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Active week of filings wraps with expected, and a little unexpected

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(The Center Square) – Two of North Carolina’s 14 representatives in the U.S. House of Representatives filed for the 2024 election on Friday, though one is trying to go back to Washington and the other to Raleigh.

Democrat Deborah Ross filed for reelection in House District 2, and Republican Dan Bishop filed to run for attorney general in North Carolina. Both were expected.

But the unexpected also happened. A.J. Daoud, yet to file but originally expected to make a run for state auditor, says he’ll instead run for treasurer, according to published reports. His change came in the wake of John Bradford, who originally was running for treasurer, filing and announcing Friday he’ll now run for the U.S. House District 8 seat.

The filing period has another week to go, resuming Monday and concluding next Friday at noon.

North Carolinians will elect 14 members to the U.S. House of Representatives for two-year terms. The U.S. Senate seats are not on the ballot again until 2026 (Sen. Thom Tillis) and 2028 (Sen. Ted Budd).

All 170 seats in the General Assembly (two-year terms) will be on the ballot, as are the 10 Council of State offices (four-year terms). This includes the governor; lieutenant governor; attorney general; commissioners of agriculture and insurance; the secretaries of state and labor; auditor; treasurer; and superintendent of public instruction.

Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper is in his second four-year term, the limit of consecutive terms allowed.

There will be at least six people in new positions within the Council of State. In addition to the governor, the lieutenant governor, attorney general, treasurer, and labor commissioner are either not running for reelection or are running for different offices.

The 2024 election primary is part of Super Tuesday on March 5 along with 12 other states. The general election is Nov. 5.

All filings are available to the public through the state Board of Elections website. The following is a summary of top races through the first week:

• U.S. House District 1: Republicans Laurie Buckhout and Sandy Smith filed earlier this week.

• U.S. House District 2: Incumbent Democrat Deborah Ross and Republican challenger Robert Vergara filed Friday. Republican Eugene Douglass earlier this week.

• U.S. House District 3: Incumbent Republican Dr. Greg Murphy and Libertarian Gheorghe Cormos filed Friday.

• U.S. House District 4: Incumbent Democrat Valerie Foushee and Republican challenger Eric Blankenburg filed Friday.

• U.S. House District 5: Incumbent Republican Virginia Foxx and Democrat Chuck Hubbard filed earlier this week.

• U.S. House District 6: Republicans Bo Hines and Mark Walker filed earlier this week.

• U.S. House District 7: Incumbent Republican David Rouzer filed earlier this week.

• U.S. House District 8: Republicans Bradford and Don Brown filed on Friday.

• U.S. House District 9: Incumbent Republican Richard Hudson filed earlier this week.

• U.S. House District 10: Republicans Diana Jimison and Pat Harrigan filed earlier this week.

• U.S. House District 11: Republicans Chuck Edwards, the incumbent, and Christian Reagan filed earlier this week.

• U.S. House District 12: Incumbent Democrat Alma Adams filed earlier this week.

• U.S. House District 13: Republican James Phillips filed Friday. Filing earlier this week were Republicans Josh McConkey, Chris Baker, Eric Stevenson, Kenny Xu, Brad Knott, Fred Von Canon and Siddhanth Sharma.

• U.S. House District 14: Republican Tim Moore and Democrat Pam Genant filed earlier this week.

• Governor: Republican Dale Folwell and Democrats Chrelle Booker, Mike Morgan and Marcus Williams filed earlier this week.

• Lieutenant governor: Democrats Ben Clark and Rachel Hunt, and Republicans Rivera Douthit, Deanna Ballard and Jeffrey Elmore filed earlier this week.

• Attorney general: Bishop and Democrat Santana Deberry filed Friday, and Democrat Tim Dunn filed earlier in the week.

• Agriculture commissioner: Filing earlier this week were incumbent Republican Steve Troxler and Democrat Sarah Taber.

• Insurance commissioner: Republicans Mike Causey, the incumbent, and Robert Brawley, and Democrat David Wheeler filed earlier this week.

• Secretary of state: Incumbent Democrat Elaine Marshall, and Republicans Jesse Thomas, Chad Brown and Christine Villaverde filed earlier this week.

• Secretary of labor: Republican Chuck Stanley filed Friday. Democrat Braxton Winston and Republicans Luke Farley, Travis Wilson and Jon Hardister filed earlier this week.

• Auditor: Republican Jeff Tarte filed Friday. Filing earlier in the week were Democrat Jessica Holmes, Libertarian Bob Drach, and Republicans Charles Dingee, Jack Clark and Jim Kee.

• Treasurer: Democrat Wesley Harris filed earlier this week.

• Superintendent of public instruction: Democrat Katie Eddings filed earlier this week.

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