The 2020 election season is official with this week's launch of the candidate filing period. It opened Monday and will run through noon on Dec. 20. Candidates for the General Assembly and local offices are filing with their county-level elections boards, while those filing for offices like U.S. Senate, governor or Council of State, judge seats and district attorney are turning in their paperwork and fees to the State Board of Elections in Raleigh, located in the Dobbs Building, 430 N. Salisbury St. “The State and County Boards of Elections look forward to working with candidates and voters as we prepare for the important 2020 elections,” said Executive Director Karen Brinson Bell in a news release with all the details. You can see who's filed for office during the filing period on the state board's website. The 2020 primary election is set for March 3; the general election, Nov. 3.
Seven Devils’ population, during peak season, swells about 800 percent—from 220 to 1,700. They are visitors and short-term residents, who come for the beautiful western North Carolina scenery and recreation, and for a short while, make their home in the High Country. “We’re very crowded in the summertime,” said Town Manager Debbie Powers. “It’s the place to be.” For the small town, this brief expansion requires an all-hands-on deck municipal approach. It’s one both the Town Council and local officials knew was necessary. And when looking at how to improve the resources available, they ultimately looked beneath their feet, at Town Hall itself.
The rest of the story picks up at herewegrownc.org, the economic development storytelling initiative from the League in partnership with WRAL TechWire. Learn how Seven Devils officials have become a key resource for the community. That story and so many more are online right now at herewegrownc.org, which is a free tool for League members to share their own stories. Have an idea? Email League Communications Associate Jack Cassidy.