Candidate filing begins for 2020 election


Brittney Lofthouse – Contributing Writer

Candidates for the 2020 elections have started filing for the upcoming election, as the filing period opened on Monday, Dec. 2, in North Carolina. 

Karl Gillespie, who currently serves on the Macon County Board of Commissioners made his way to the Macon County Board of Elections on Monday shortly after filing opened to file for North Carolina House of Representative District 120. The seat is currently held by Kevin Corbin, who also filed on Monday for North Carolina Senate District 50. 

While no challengers have yet to come forward against Gillespie, who announced his intention to run for office a few weeks ago, Corbin is facing at least one opponent, Dr. Sarah Conway, a Jackson County Republican. The two will face off in the 2020 primary election, set for Tuesday, March 3. 

Several local attorneys have filed for the District Court Judge seat expected to become vacant when longtime Judge Richard Walker retires. Attorney Rich Cassidy, who is based in Macon County, has announced his intention to run for the seat as have Jim Moore and Kaleb Wingate, who are both based in Haywood. Both Moore and Wingate currently serve as defense attorneys and have also both served as assistant district attorneys. 

While several statewide elections are on the ballot for 2020, due to ongoing litigation over the drawing of the state’s 13 congressional districts, filing for candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives has been postponed. Congressman Mark Meadows currently represents District 11 in the House of Representatives and while his district will likely change slightly whenever final congressional maps are finalized, it will not impact the western counties he represents. 

Filing will continues until Friday, Dec. 20. The 2020 primary election will be held in North Carolina on Tuesday, March 3, and the general election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 3, nationwide.