And they’re off …

Or they will be real soon at least. The candidate filing period for the 2022 elections is almost here.  On Monday, Dec. 6, at high noon, candidates in various races including sheriff, county commissioner, Greensboro City Council, state Senate, state House, will put a ring in their hats – or maybe it’s the other way around.

The filing period to run for office in 2022 ends at noon on Friday, Dec. 17.  Election officials are strict about deadlines, so any political hopefuls need to pay close attention to detail and not cut things too close.

Filing will be held at the Guilford County Board of Elections Office in the Old Guilford County Court House at 301 W. Market St. in downtown Greensboro. This year, filing at the High Point Elections Office will be by appointment only.

Some candidates, like District 3 county commissioner hopeful George McClellan, say they will be there bright and early on the first day.

“I’m filing Monday, “ he said, inviting the Rhino Times to be there.

Other candidates like to wait until the very last minute to file.  They enjoy the excitement of coming in just under the wire and giving a jolt to those who’ve already filed in that race. Usually, a lot of candidates file at the beginning of the period and at the end – with only a smattering of filers in between.

Here’s a list of the offices candidates are eligible to file for at the Guilford County Board of Elections office:

  • NC state Senate (Candidates can also file in Raleigh with the State Board of Elections. )
  • NC state House of Representatives (These candidates can file in Raleigh with the State Board of Elections as well.)
  • Guilford County Board of Commissioners
  • Guilford County Board of Education
  • Guilford County Sheriff
  • Clerk of Superior Court
  • Mayor and City Council of Greensboro.


Notices of candidacy and filing fees must be filed in the county’s Board of Elections Office or notarized and received – not postmarked – by noon on Friday, December 17.

Judicial offices, Guilford County district attorney and federal offices must file in Raleigh with the State Board of Elections.

For a list of available offices and filing fees – or to get other answers regarding running – candidates should visit or call 336-641-3836.