Candidate filing resumes Feb. 24

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  • Madison Cawthorn
    Madison Cawthorn
    American politician and member of the US Congress since 2020

Jan. 12—Candidate filing for North Carolina's 2022 primary elections will resume at 8 a.m. Feb. 24, and end at noon on Friday, March 4, under an order issued Tuesday by the Superior Court of Wake County.

A separate court ruling has temporarily halted a lawsuit challenging U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn's eligibility for office.

The lawsuit suggests that Cawthorn, a candidate for North Carolina's 13th Congressional District, does not meet the federal constitutional requirements for a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and is therefore ineligible to be a candidate for such office.

The lawsuit states, in part: "Challengers have reasonable suspicion that Representative Cawthorn was involved in planning efforts to intimidate Congress and the Vice President into rejecting valid electoral votes and subvert the essential constitutional function of an orderly and peaceful transition of power. Challengers have reasonable suspicion that Cawthorn was involved in either planning the attack on Jan. 6, or alternatively the planning of the pre-attack demonstration and/or march on the Capitol with the advance knowledge that it was substantially likely to lead to the attack, and otherwise voluntarily aided the insurrection after taking an oath, as a member of Congress to support the Constitution, disqualifying him from federal office."

The N.C. Board of Elections was planning to appoint a panel to hear the challenge against Cawthorn during a meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 12, but that meeting was canceled in light of the Tuesday order.

Consideration of the challenge is postponed until resolution of the redistricting cases.

Election process continues

The order clearing the way for the filing period to begin was handed down by a three-judge panel that upheld state legislative and congressional district maps that were being challenged in redistricting-related lawsuits.

During the brief time the filing period was open, it became clear there would be vigorous races for a number of Haywood offices, with three Republicans and two Democrats vying for their party's nomination for sheriff, three newcomers challenging Haywood County Commissioners Tom Long and Jennifer best, GOP incumbents who filed to retain their seats, and a challenger for tax collector Greg West, to name a few.

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