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Election Filing Period Begins Today

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Today marks the first day candidates who intend to run for office can officially file in the state.

Candidates for the U.S. Senate, the House of Representatives, and District Attorneys are among those who must file with the state Board of Elections in order to run for office.

This year, there's national interest in several of those races. That includes the Second Congressional District, where talk show host Frank Roche is expected to file to run against the incumbent, U.S. Republican Congresswoman Renee Ellmers. Democratic primary candidates who've said they'll file in that race include the former American Idol runner-up, Clay Aiken, former Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco, and Toni Morris, a counselor from Fayetteville.

Meanwhile, candidates for the state House and Senate and all county and local offices except for District Attorneys must file with county boards of elections. The filing period ends on Friday, February 28th.

Jessica Jones covers both the legislature in Raleigh and politics across the state. Before her current assignment, Jessica was given the responsibility to open up WUNC's first Greensboro Bureau at the Triad Stage in 2009. She's a seasoned public radio reporter who's covered everything from education to immigration, and she's a regular contributor to NPR's news programs. Jessica started her career in journalism in Egypt, where she freelanced for international print and radio outlets. After stints in Washington, D.C. with Voice of America and NPR, Jessica joined the staff of WUNC in 1999. She is a graduate of Yale University.
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