As voters get ready to head to the primary polls in May, here are some interesting storylines previewing the 2018 North Carolina midterm elections:
State Board selects nominees for final seat
On Wednesday, the eight members of the Bipartisan State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement unanimously selected two unaffiliated nominees to fill the final open seat on the State Board.
The two nominees are Burley Mitchell, former Chief Justice of the N.C. Supreme Court, and Damon Circosta, executive director of the A.J. Fletcher Foundation. N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper will now select one of the two candidates.
The nomination came in the inaugural meeting of the recently filled State Board. Previously, there was a separate State Board of Elections and State Ethics Commission.
Democrats field candidate in every district for first time
There will be a Democrat on the ballot for all 170 legislative seats up for election in November for the first time in state history, the North Carolina Democrat Party announced in a February press release.
The press release also said the Democrat field is one of the most diverse fields of candidates for either party, with 77 female candidates, 71 people of color and six LGBTQ+ candidates.
Republicans will also field a candidate in each legislative race, The News & Observer reported.