There were many surprises on the last day of filing. Most notably, Senator Perry and Senator Bode did not file for reelection and Rockingham County Sheriff Sam Page stuck with his plan to file for Lt. Governor rather than challenge Senate Pro Tempore Phil Berger for his seat.

But the last day was not the only day that proved to be full of surprises.

CONGRESS

Late last week, Congressman, and brierley U.S. House Speaker Patrick McHenry announced he would not seek reelection. This created a candidate transfer portal with many people switching their plans to run for different offices.

At the end of filing 5 current members of NC’s Congressional Delegation are out. Congressman McHenry, Congresswoman Manning, and Congressman Nickel are not running for another office, although Nickel has hinted at a 2026 run against US Senator Thom Tillis.

Congressperson’s Manning, Jackson, and Nickel’s seats will likely switch from D to R. Congressmen Jackson and Bishop are going to face off in the race for NC Attorney General, if Congressman Jackson gets out of the primary. Bishop did not draw a primary opponent.

COUNCIL OF STATE

The Council of State will also look a lot different in 2025. The Governor is term-limited so Governor Cooper could not run again. Current Attorney GEneral Josh Stein is running for that seat in the Democratic primary along with Current Lt. Governor Mark Robinson and Current Treasurer Dale Folwell running in the Republican primary. With their runs for Governor, new people will be in those seats.

Labor Commissioner Josh Dobson is not running again after only one term in office. Also, today was also Auditor Beth Wood’s last day as Auditor as she resigned following legal actions against her from a car accident last December.

NCGA

The NC House and Senate will also see changes with many long-term members retiring. Those include Representatives Kelly Alexander, John Autry, Kristin Baker, John Faircloth, Rosa Gill, Wayne Sasser, and Marvin Lucas and Senators Joyce Krawiec, Dean Proctor, Mary Wills Bode, and Jim Perry.

Additionally, other members of the NCGA are running for a different office and will leave their respective bodies. Those include, Representatives Jon Hardister (Labor), John Bradford (Congress), Jeffrey Elmore (Lt. Governor), Caleb Rudow (Congress), Grey Mills (Congress), Terrence Everitt (NC Senate), and Speaker Tim Moore (Congress). Senators Rachel Hunt (Lt. Governor) and Natasha Marcus (Insurance Commissioner) are also leaving.

The primary is just 81 days away so now is a mad dash to the finish line as most of the district races for NC House and Senate and US Congress will be decided in the primary on March 5th. Buckle-up and clean out the mailboxes – the fliers are coming.

See the full list of candidate filings here.