Editor's Note: Story has been corrected from original date of posting.
Candidates for the May 8 primary election were finalized this week with the conclusion of the filing period on Wednesday.
Local, state and federals offices will be up for grabs, though Craven County commissioners candidates in districts 2, 3 and 6 will run unopposed.
Meanwhile, county commissioner Scott Dacey decided to run against incumbent Walter Jones and challenger Phil Law in the Republican primary for U.S. House Dist. 3.
In the Craven County Sheriff's race, Jerry Monette will face primary challenges from fellow Democrats John Gillyard and Eric Smith, while Republican Chip Hughes is the lone Republican to file for the office.
In state races, Republican incumbent Norman Sanderson will face off against primary challenger Lisa Oakley in the N.C. Senate Dist. 2 race, while three-term state representative Michael Speciale will take on Eric Queen in the N.C. House Dist. 3 Republican race. Democratic challengers have filed for both primary races as well.
In the newly-created N.C. House of Representatives Dist. 79, two Democrats, Bryson Jones and Jerry E. Langley will fight it out, while a lone Republican, Keith Kidwell, will run unopposed.
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.
The date of the general election is Tuesday, Nov. 6. If there is no clear party nominee in certain contests following the May 8 primary, there may be a second primary for that contest, either on Tuesday, June 26 (if no contest for federal office in the state requires a second primary), or Tuesday, July 17 (if one or more contests for federal office in the state requires a second primary).
The complete candidate list for the May 8 primary is as follows:
Craven County Board of Commissioners Dist. 1
Greg Holt-Republican, New Bern
Tom Mark-Republican, New Bern (incumbent)
Jeff O'Neill-Democrat, Vanceboro (unopposed in primary)
Craven County Board of Commissioners Dist. 2
Jason Jones-Democrat, Cove City (incumbent, unopposed)
Craven County Board of Commissioners Dist. 3
Johnnie Sampson, Jr.- Democrat, New Bern (incumbent, unopposed)
Craven County Board of Commissioners Dist. 4
Billy Joiner-Republican, New Bern
E.T. Mitchell-Republican, New Bern
Craven County Board of Commissioners Dist. 5
Rufus Carter Jr.-Democrat, Havelock
Theron McCabe-Democrat, Havelock (incumbent)
Craven County Board of Commissioners Dist. 6
George Liner-Republican, Havelock (unopposed)
Craven County Board of Commissioners Dist. 7
Denny Bucher-Republican, New Bern
Kelli Muse-Democrat, New Bern
Craven County Clerk of Superior Court
Lexanne Huffman-Republican, New Bern
Terri Sharp-Democrat, New Bern
Craven County Sheriff
John Gillyard-Democrat, New Bern
Jerry Monette-Democrat, New Bern
Eric Smith-Democrat, New Bern
Chip Hughes-Republican, New Bern (unopposed in primary)
Craven County Board of Education Dist. 2
Frances Boomer, Cove City (incumbent)
H.R. Orr, Cove City
Craven County Board of Education Dist. 4
Beatrice Smith, New Bern (unopposed)
Craven County Board of Education Dist. 6
Chadwick Howard, New Bern
Kimberly Smith, Havelock
Craven County Board of Education Dist. 7 (unexpired term)
Naomi Clark, Havelock
Joseph Louis Walton, Havelock
N.C. Senate Dist. 2
Ginger Garner-Democrat, Emerald Isle
Dorothea White-Democrat, New Bern
Tim Harris-Libertarian, New Bern (Unopposed in primary)
Lisa Oakley-Republican, New Bern
Norman Sanderson-Republican, Minnesott Beach (incumbent)
N.C. House of Representatives Dist. 3
Charles Dudley-Democrat, Havelock
Barbara Lee-Democrat, New Bern
T. Lee Horne, III-Libertarian, Havelock (unopposed in primary)
Eric Queen-Republican, New Bern
Michael Speciale-Republican, New Bern (incumbent)
N.C. House of Representatives Dist. 79
Bryson Jones-Democrat, New Bern
Jerry E. Langley-Democrat, Washington
Keith Kidwell-Republican, Chocowinity (unopposed in primary)
District Attorney Dist. 4
Scott Thomas-Democrat, Vanceboro (incumbent, unopposed)
U.S. House of Representatives Dist. 3
Scott Dacey-Republican, New Bern
Walter B. Jones-Republican, Farmville (incumbent)
Phil Law-Republican, Raleigh