If you’ve thought about running for office for a while and you feel like you’re ready to toss your hat in the ring, then Guilford County’s Thursday, July 1 announcement should be of great interest to you.

The candidate filing period for eligible municipal elections begins Friday, July 2 at high noon.  Those eligible elections do not include the Greensboro City Council elections which have been delayed until March 2022.

The Guilford County Board of Elections Office announced on Thursday that the filing period to run for municipal seats begins this week – and ends on Friday, July 16 at noon. 

Prospective candidates should note the noon cut-off time for the end of filing.  There have been times in the past when candidates thought they had until 5 p.m. on the last day – and therefore weren’t allowed to run.

The press release notes the open seats to pick from this year: “Persons wishing to run for municipal office in Guilford County in the following cities and towns must file notices of candidacy before July 16th at noon to be candidates on the ballot: Jamestown, Pleasant Garden, Burlington, Oak Ridge, Sedalia, Whitsett, Gibsonville, Summerfield, Stokesdale, Kernersville, and the Sedgefield Sanitary District.”

Notices of candidacy and filing fees have to be filed in the County Board of Elections Office or notarized and received (not postmarked) in the office by noon on Friday, July 16. Guilford County has two elections offices: one in the Old Guilford County Court House at 301 W. Market St. in Greensboro and one at 325 E. Russell Ave. in High Point.

The July 1 statement from the county’s elections staff notes that there are no High Point or Greensboro elections this year. High Point’s next municipal election will be in 2023, and Greensboro’s elections have been delayed until 2022.

People wishing to run in those races will have to stay tuned for future filing dates. If you have questions regarding filing to run for office, please visit www.guilfordelections.org, or call 336-641-3836.