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Independent candidates have different challenges

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Candidates are working on getting financial and political support for this year's election. It's a tough enough road for Republicans and Democrats, but running as an independent is a whole other ball game.

The road seems extremely rough for independents because they don't have the political party backing them. Brian moore is doing it differently.

While other candidates are worried about next month's primary, Moore is worried about getting on the ballot at all. To run for Clerk of Superior Court, he has to get a list of nearly 6,000 signatures by June. Unlike the party support Republicans and Democrats get, Moore has to drum up support on his own.

Without his name on the ballot, he says fundraising is very challenging. It starts with getting those signatures, which is how he's been spending his weekends.

"Part of the problem is because Wilmington is such a tourist town, so many people aren't registered to vote in New Hanover County, they're here from other areas," Moore said. "So I have to talk to a lot of people sometimes before I find some people who are registered to vote in New Hanover County."

So far Moore has more than 1,500 signatures, but he has to get about 5,700 signatures in all to get on the ballot.

The Clerk of Superior Court oversees all clerks in civil and criminal positions, which is about 60 people. The position pays about $100,000 a year.

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