The 2024 election cycle kicks off Monday when candidates begin filling their campaign paperwork to run for office.
While the presidential race gets most of the attention, it’s local and state government officials who have the most influence on your life. They impose state and local taxes, set policy, and decide how much money is spent on things like roads, education and other public services.
The state legislature, for example, in 2023 legalized sports betting, considered whether to legalize medical marijuana and considered whether to allow four more casinos to open in the state, including one south of Fayetteville in Robeson County.
The Cumberland County Board of Commissioners plans to spend $131 million on a new, 3,000-seat Crown Event Center in downtown Fayetteville plus another $33 million for a parking deck for it and the Cumberland County Courthouse. A special extra 1% sales tax on restaurant meals and other prepared foods in Cumberland County underwrites the county’s Crown entertainment venues on U.S. 301 — including the Crown Coliseum — and is expected to pay for the new venue downtown.
Don’t like the plan for the Event Center? Run for the county commission to try to change or stop it. Do like the Event Center plan? A seat on the commission provides the opportunity to make decisions about it in the upcoming years.
The filing period starts at noon on Dec. 4 and ends at noon on Friday, Dec. 15.
Early voting for the primaries, which are partisan, starts with mail-in voting in January and early in-person voting in February. Election Day falls on March 5. The results will decide who appears on the general election ballots in the November election.
Voters will face about two dozen choices, plus the presidential race.
Here are the local and North Carolina offices with seats open for this election filing period, and other details.
Cumberland County Board of Commissioners
The County Board of Commissioners oversees the county government. The board has seven members and three districts. Commissioners serve four-year terms.
Three of the seven seats are up for election in 2024, and all are in Dist. 2. Dist. 2 covers southwest, southeast and northeast Cumberland County.
The three seats up for election are the ones held by Democrat Toni Stewart and Republicans Michael Boose and Jimmy Keefe.
Register of Deeds
The seat held by Cumberland County Register of Deeds Lee Warren, a Democrat, is on the 2024 ballot. The register of deeds serves a four-year term.
The Register of Deeds Office maintains property records (such as deeds), birth certificates, death certificates, and marriage licensing. Business owners may also record the names of their businesses there.
Four lawmakers in the state House of Representatives
Cumberland County has four lawmakers in the state House of Representatives on the 2024 ballot. They serve two-year terms.
Here are Cumberland County’s House districts:
Challengers for the Lucas seat
The Dist. 42 race has generated conversation with rumors that Lucas won’t run for reelection. Lucas in October told The Fayetteville Observer he was undecided.
Others are lining up for the seat.
Fayetteville City Councilwoman Courtney Banks-McLaughlin told CityView Today on Thursday she plans to seek ther Dist. 42 seat.
Spring Lake resident Naveed Aziz said on Friday she is running.
Former state House Rep. Elmer Floyd, who previously served in the state House, launched a campaign in the summer for a return to the legislature. He said on Friday he might change his mind.
Banks-McLaughlin, Aziz and Floyd are Democrats.
Cumberland County has two lawmakers in the state Senate
Both of Cumberland County’s seats in the state Senate are up for election in 2024. The senators serve two-year terms.
The seats on the ballot:
District Court judges
District Court judges adjudicate misdemeanor charges, traffic offenses, child custody matters, divorces and some lawsuits. District Court judges are elected in North Carolina and serve four-year terms.
Three of Cumberland County’s 10 District Court judge seats are on the 2024 ballot. All are elected county-wide.
The judges whose seats are on the ballot:
Two seats in Congress
Two lawmakers serve Cumberland County in the U.S. House of Representatives.
10 executives — the governor and nine others
North Carolina elects 10 people to the Council of State. These are the elected officials who run the executive branch of the government. All seats are on the 2024 ballots and all have four-year terms.
The positions: governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, state treasurer, state auditor, state commissioner of labor, state commissioner of insurance, commissioner of agriculture and superintendent of public instruction.
Three Fayetteville-area residents, and one former Fayetteville resident, are running for Council of State seats:
More judges: The Supreme Court and Court of Appeals
The state elects seven justices to the North Carolina Supreme Court. The seat held by Democratic Associate Justice Allison Riggs is on the ballot. Supreme Court justices serve eight-year terms.
There are 15 judges on the North Carolina Court of Appeals. The judges serve eight-year terms.
In 2024, the seats held by Republican Valerie Zachary, Republican Hunter Murphy and Democrat Carolyn Thompson are on the ballot.
Senior reporter Paul Woolverton can be reached at 910-261-4710 and email@example.com.