Eight file on first day for office in 2023 elections


Candidate filing for the 2023 municipal elections kicked off at noon on Friday, July 7. Candidates across a total of nearly 90 counties will seek office in a variety of offices within local county government.

“About 475 of the state’s more than 550 cities, towns and villages — also called municipalities — have elections in 2023,” according to a press release from the North Carolina State Board of Elections. “Municipalities are local governments that make decisions about development, policing, water and waste services, local taxation, and other issues that affect voters’ daily lives.”

Chatham County kicked off the filing period with two mayoral candidates: Kyle Shipp in Pittsboro and Donald Matthews in Siler City

Two candidates also filed for Pittsboro Town Commissioner, Allen Wilson and John Foley.

In addition, Curtis Brown filed for Siler City District 3 Town Commissioner.

The Goldston Gulf Sanitary District Board already has three candidates: Danny Scott, Henry Kitchings and Ricky Beal.

Candidates have until noon on Friday, July 21, to file their notice of candidacy.

“Service at the municipal level often has the most direct impact on the communities in which we live. We hope many candidates sign up to run for local office this year,” Karen Brinson Bell, executive director of the State Board of Elections, said in a press release. “We also encourage eligible individuals across the state to register and vote in their local elections.”

Election Day in Chatham County is set for Tuesday, Nov. 7.

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