Candidates file for 2010 elections

Today marked the first day for candidates to file for public office across the state. In New Hanover County, candidates lined up at the Board of Elections to complete the necessary paperwork verifying their name for ballots, Recording their voice for voting purposes and paying filing fees.

"We expect to be really busy today," New Hanover County Elections Director Bonnie Williams said. "It's really hard to say how many folks we will see today on the first day. It can be anywhere between 10 and 18 people the first day."

The filing period continues until February 26. This year's primary elections are May 4. The general election is slated for November 2.

Bladen County Board of Elections

Brunswick County candidate list

Columbus County Board of Elections

New Hanover County candidate filings

Pender County Board of Elections

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Finally, New Hanover County has the option of electing a sheriff who is not a product of the good 'ol boy establishment. I was absolutely delighted to read today that Marcus T. Benson plans to run for this office. Frankly, he should have been elected in 2002. However, given the many false allegations that were perpetuated by the Causey camp and the patronage power of the Sheriff's office, Mr. Benson was denied that opportunity. Hopefully, people will recognize that the old guard is no longer viable and that we need someone like Marcus Benson to bring real credibility back to this department. It's time for new ideas and new leadership and Benson is the best thing that could happen to New Hanover County.