The North Carolina Supreme Court has suspended the state's current filing period for the 2022 election and pushed the primary date back two months.
Following a decision made by the highest court in the state, potential candidates are no longer able to file until litigation is over.
The court granted an injunction Wednesday in response to legal challenges related to the state’s new congressional and legislative district maps. The primaries were initially scheduled for March 8 and are now scheduled for May 17.
On Monday, the North Carolina Court of Appeals pause candidate filing for the state's congressional and state legislative seats. The ruling came down from a lawsuit brought on by the North Carolina League of Conservation Voters, arguing the maps were unconstitutional.
Elections include a U.S. Senate seat, all 14 U.S. House, and 170 General Assembly seats, along with judicial and other positions. Countywide and any municipal elections are also delayed.
The order states candidates who have already filed will be accepted and used for the May primary. The Supreme Court says a panel of three trial judges hearing a pair of lawsuits must rule on the claims by Jan. 11.
This is the second time in three days state courts have stopped candidate filing.
As candidate filing closed at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, a few more names were added to several county races.
Two current North Carolina State Senators and one North Carolina House hopeful have filed that will impact the election in Jones, Pamlico, and Craven. One current Craven County Board of Education member who was appointed earlier this year will run in his first official campaign.
Below are the candidates who have filed for the 2022 Election as of 5 p.m. Wednesday.
State Senator Jim Perry (R) filed to run for N.C. Senate District 3 (Lenoir, Craven, and Pamlico
NC House Rep. Chris Humphrey (R) filed to run for House District 12 (Jones, Lenoir)
Brent Jackson (R) running for NC Senate District 9 (Jones County)
NC House Rep. Keith Kidwell (R) running for NC House District 79 (Pamlico)
NC House of Rep. Steven Tyson (R) running for NC House District 3 (Craven)
Celeste Cairns (R) running for NC House District 13 (Craven, Carteret)
State Senator Brent Jackson (R) running for NC Senate District 9 (Jones)
State Senator Bob Steinburg (R) running for NC Senate District 2 (Pamlico)
Craven County candidates who have filed
Craven County Board of Commissioners
Tom Mark (R) District 1
Jason R. Jones (R) District 2
Beatrice Smith (D) District 3
E T Mitchell (R) District 4
Theron McCabe (D) District 5
Milly Acevedo (D) District 5
Chadwick Howard (R) District 6
Denny Bucher (R) District 7
Craven County Board of Education
Scott Murphy (R) District 2
Michael A. Genovese (R) District 4
Victor Dove (D) District 4
Craven County Clerk of Superior Court
Terri W. Sharp (D)
Lexanne Huffman (R)
Craven County Sheriff
Chip Hughes (R)
New Bern Mayor
Maxwell D. Oglesby
New Bern Board of Aldermen
Sabrina Bengel (Ward 1)
Jameesha Harris (Ward 2)
Jennell Reddick (Ward 2)
Bobby Aster (Ward 3)
Johnnie Ray Kinsey (Ward 4)
Travis Oakley (Ward 6)
Bob Brinson (Ward 6)
Jones County candidates who have filed
Jones County District Attorney
Kevin Kiernan (R)
Jones County Board of Commissioner
Charlie Dunn, Jr (D) District 1
April Philyaw Aycock (R) District 3
Jones County Board of Education
Debbie Philyaw (R)
Myron P Meadows (D)
Jones County Clerk of Superior Court
Chris Henderson (D)
Jones County Sheriff
Matthew Wineman (R)
Carl Baugus (R)
Pamlico County candidates who have filed
Pamlico County Board of Commissioners
Kari Forrest (R) at-large
Doug Brinson (R) at-large
Edward Lee Riggs, Jr. (R) District 3
Pamlico County Clerk of Superior Court
Steven E. Hollowell (D)
Pamlico County Sheriff
Jason Hannah (D)
Pamlico County Board of Education
Erik Smith (at-large)
Jamie D. Gibbs (at-large)
Aaron Caroon (at-large)
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This article originally appeared on Sun Journal: Eastern North Carolina candidate filing stopped, state review gerrymandering claims