Candidate filings foretell lively November general election 
Feb. 28 marked the end of the filing period for non-judicial candidates in the Nov. 6 general election.  Click here for the local Board of Elections list of all who signed up to run, Democratic and  Republican.  Take note that:

> The highest office on the list is the N. C. Tenth District U. S. congressman.  Nov. 6,  2018, will be rare "blue moon" general election when no U. S. president or senator, N. C.. governor, or other Council of State offices are up for election.

> There are 10 local area offices to be filled. A total of 26 candidates (Democratic and Republican) are vying to be their party's nominee on the November ballot for one of them. 

> Republican and Democratic primary elections will be held May 8 for offices in which the number of a party's candidates exceeds the number of seats available. Although the Republican primary ballot will be lengthy given the number of candidates running for several offices, the Democratic primary ballot will have just one contest on it. Three Democrats have filed to be the party's nominees for two four-year terms on the Cleveland County Board of Commissioners.  See Dem primary sample ballot.

Challengers for newly configured State Senate District 44

Recent redistricting court rulings mean that, for the 2018 election, Cleveland County will be included  in State Senate District 44 along with Lincoln County and a small part of Gaston County. 

Cleveland most recently has been in State Senate District 46 with Burke County and Republican Sen. Warren Daniel as incumbent. 

One Democrat, David Lee Lattimore of Shelby, has filed to run for the District 44 seat. On the November ballot, he will oppose the winner of the May 8 Republican primary. In that primary, incumbent Sen. David Curtis of Lincolnton has two challengers.


Democratic candidate in active quest for U. S. Congress seat

David Wilson Brown of McAdenville will be the emocratic Party's nominee for the U. S. 10th Congressional  District seat now held by Republican Rep.Patrick McHenry. Brown will be on the November general election ballot opposing the winner of the Republican primary May 8. In that primary, McHenry has five Republican challengers from across the district. The district includes parts of Buncombe, Iredell, and Catawba counties and all of Cleveland, Gaston, Lincoln, Polk, and Rutherford

Read more about Brown at:         Brown's Facebook page and

Contests shaping for N. C. House Districts 111 and 110 seats

Democrat David C. Brinkley of Kings Mountain has aunched his campaign for the N. C. House District 111 seat now held by Republican  Tim Moore, also of Kings Mountain and currently speaker of the House. Each unopposed for his party nomination, the two will be head-to-head on the November ballot. Read more about Brinkley at:  Brinkley Facebook page.

N. C. House District 111 is entirely within Cleveland County. It includes all precincts except Waco, Shelby 4, Shelby 5, and most of of Shelby Central. Those precincts are included in N. C. House District 110 along with much of Gaston County.

In that N. C. House District 110, 
Democrat Christy McCleary of Bessemer City 
 will be on the November ballot opposing the winner of the Republican May 8 primary for the party nomination. Incumbent Kelly Hastings has one primary challenger.

Soil and Water  Board
On the November ballot, two four-year nonpartisan terms will be filled on the Cleveland County Soil and Water Conservation board. Incumbents are Roger D. Eaker and Sherri Greene.

The filing period is June 11-29. There won't be a primary.

Two Democratic veterans unopposed for re-election

No other candidate--Democratic or Republican--filed to run for the offices held by incumbents Sheriff Alan Norman and Clerk of Court Mitzi McGraw Johnson. 

That means they won't be involved in the May party primary. And that their names will appear unopposed on November's general election ballot.

These two are veteran officeholders with years of solid public service behind them. Clerk Johnson is seeking election to her fourth  four-year term, and Sheriff Norman his third.

One other candidate, District Attorney Mike Miller, a Republican, also has no opposition from either party.

Separate races for four-year and two-year terms on County Commission

In November,voters will choose two persons to fill regular four-year terms on the county board. And in another race separately listed  on the ballot,  they will elect another to fill the last two years of an unexpired term.
Democrats running for the two  four-year seats are Eddie Holbrook of Shelby, currently commission chair and seeking his third term, and newcomers 
Chris Gash of Kings Mountain and Todd McIntosh of Grover. The three will be on the Dem primary ballot May 8. See Dem primary sample ballot.

Newcomer Caroline Dedmon of Shelby  is unoppsed to be Democratic nominee on the November fallot for the unexpired two-year term. She will face incumbent Republican Commissioner Ronnie Whetstine.

There won't be a primary for judicial seats (unless courts intervene or legislators change their minds)
Candidate filing for judgeships from district court to Supreme Court won't take please until later this year. Click for info and see what seats may be open.