By GARY D. ROBERTSON
RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- North Carolina's election season has started in earnest as candidates are filing paperwork for positions from governor to county commissioner.
The filing period began at noon with competitors lining up at the State Board of Elections in Raleigh and all 100 county board offices. Filing period ends Feb. 29.
About 40 candidates had filed at the state board in the first hour, including Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry, Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill Faison.
Faison is one of three Democrats who want to succeed incumbent Bev Perdue, who isn't seeking a second term. Other Democrats also could file. It's unclear whether Republican candidate Pat McCrory will face primary opposition.
The primary is May 8. The general election is Nov. 6.
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