Candidate filing opened at noon Monday for the 2018 elections at the Craven County Board of Elections and across the state.

Already locally, several races are shaping up, including those for Craven County sheriff, Craven County commissioner, N.C. House and N.C. Senate.

Other races including in the May 8 election include Craven County Clerk of Superior Court, and Craven County Board of Education districts 2,4,and 6. Also on the ballot will be the unexpired Craven Board of Education District 7 seat, an unexpired seat currently held by Rev. Joseph L. Walton that will be up for election in 2020.

State seats up this year include District Attorney-District B (which encompasses all of Craven, Carteret and Pamlico counties), N.C. Senate, N.C. House of Representatives, and U.S. House of Representatives.

The candidate filing period ends at noon on Feb. 28.

Craven County Dist. 4 Commissioner Scott Dacey has announced he will not seek re-election and will instead throw his hat into the U.S. House Dist. 3 race, where he will face off against incumbent Walter Jones.

Former New Bern Alderman E.T. Mitchell and current Trent Woods Commissioner Bill Joiner both filed Monday to run for Dacy’s Dist. 4 commissioner seat.

Also filing for the Craven commissioner races Monday were incumbents George Liner (Dist. 6), Jason Jones (Dist. 2),and Johnnie Sampson (Dist. 3). Challengers who filed Monday for this year’s race were Rufus Carter, Jr. in Dist. 5 and Denny Bucher in Dist. 7.

Craven County Sheriff Jerry Monette will face challenges from John L. Gillyard and former Trent Woods commissioner Chip Hughes, who both filed Monday.

For Craven County Board of Education District 2, H.R. Orr has filed to challenge for the seat currently held by incumbent Frances Boomer.

Also filing for a local seat was current Clerk of Superior Court Terri Sharp.

Several newcomers filed for state seats Monday, with Libertarian T. Lee Horne III running for the N.C. House of Representatives Dist. 3 against incumbent Republican Michael Speciale, who also filed.

Charles Dudley, founder of the New Beginnings Ministry of Faith Church in Havelock, has announced he will file to run for the N.C. House Dist. 3 seat Friday.

Libertarian Tim Harris also filed for N.C. Senate Dist. 2, a seat currently held by Norman Sanderson.

Voter registration deadline is April 13. Absentee voting by mail begins March 19 and ends May 8. One-stop voting starts April 19 and will run through May 5.