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Running for Municipal Office in 2021

Because 2021 is a year following the federal census, some municipalities must redistrict to correct population imbalances. Therefore, filing periods and election dates for district-based contests are subject to change as they are contingent on the timeliness of the U.S. Census Bureau releasing data and state and local governments adopting redistricting plans based on that data. 

 When do I file? Filing periods are set by § 163-291.

  • 7/2/2021 – 7/16/2021 if you live in any of the following municipalities: Coats, Lillington
  • 7/26/2021 – 8/13/2021 if you live in any of the following municipalities: Angier

 What are the qualifications?

  • Must be a registered voter of the county.
  • Must reside within municipal corporate limits.  
  • Where there is a ward or district, must also reside within that ward or district.
  • Must be at least 21 years old on Election Day.
  • What do I need to bring?

  • A valid NC Driver’s License or other photo ID for identification purposes.
  • Payment method for filing fees: Filing fees on next page.
  • Fees up to and including $50.00 may be paid by cash, check, cashier’s check, certified check, or money order.
  • Fees over $50.00 must be paid by check, cashier’s check, certified check, or money order and made out to: Harnett County Board of Elections.
    What can I expect when I arrive?
  •  If arriving on the first or last day of filing, please be prepared to wait.
  • Staff will verify your eligibility to file for office.
  • Filing paperwork will be completed, signed, and notarized by staff.
  • Filing fees must be paid at the time of filing.
  • Any campaign finance questions can be answered after the filing process.
  • Campaign Finance Information

  • • Your first campaign finance disclosure report is due within ten (10) days of your organized date on your Statement of Organization.
    • New committees: Treasurers must receive training within 90 days of appointment and once every four (4) years thereafter.
    • Please use the free, state-provided campaign finance reporting software for all report filings. The software download is located on the NC State Board of Elections website.
    • Existing candidate committees: Please ensure all information is current.
    • Questions can be e-mailed to harnettboe@harnett.org.


    Open seats and filing fee

    (Filing fees will be added when confirmed)

      Angier, Coats and Lillington Election Day November 2, 2021

    $25          Angier Commissioner Ward 1
    $25          Angier Commissioner Ward 3
    $25          Angier Commissioner Ward 4, unexpired term ending 2023

  • $23           Coats Mayor
    $15           Coats Commissioner (3 seats)

    $25           Lillington Mayor
    $25           Lillington Commissioner (2 seats)
    $25           Lillington Commissioner, unexpired term ending 2023 (2 seats) 


 Session Law 2021-56 delayed the Erwin Town election until 2022.

 Filing dates will be based on when redistricted maps are approved and will be posted as soon as possible.

  •  Erwin Election Day March 8, 2022   Possible Runoff on April 26, 2022, or May 17, 2022 if a federal second primary is held  

    $              Erwin Mayor
    $              Erwin Commissioner Ward 1
    $              Erwin Commissioner Ward 3
    $              Erwin Commissioner Ward 5


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