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The first day of candidate filing for the 2020 election set a Republican primary in motion for three county commissioner seats.

Incumbent Republican Burke County Commissioners Johnnie Carswell, Jeff Brittain and Scott Mulwee filed for re-election on Monday. Former Burke County Manager Ron Lewis, a Republican, also filed to run for a board of commissioners seat.

Three commissioner seats are up for election in 2020. The 2020 primary elections in the state will be held March 3.

For those who file for election but then change their mind, the deadline to withdraw a notice of candidacy is Dec. 17.

Also filing for re-election on Monday was incumbent Republican Stephanie Norman for Burke County Register of Deeds.

And Republican Hugh Blackwell filed for re-election to the District 86 seat in the North Carolina House of Representatives.

On Tuesday, the only local candidate who filed was Warren Daniel, the Republican incumbent for N.C. State Senate District 46.

While county elections officials were told last week that U.S. congressional candidates in the state would not be able to file, three judges in the state changed that with their decision on Monday.

In Harper v. Lewis, a three-judge panel of the Wake County Superior Court previously postponed filing for congressional districts only. The panel Monday lifted its injunction and ruled that North Carolina’s 2020 congressional elections would take place under maps approved by the N.C. General Assembly in mid-November, said the North Carolina State Board of Elections.

Candidate filing ends at noon Dec. 20.

The races in Burke County are:

» N.C. House District 86 — Filing fee is $140; incumbent is Republican Hugh Blackwell.

» N.C. House District 112 — Filing fee is $140; incumbent is Republican David Rogers.

» N.C. State Senate District 46 — Filing fee is $140; incumbent is Republican Warren Daniel.

» Burke County Board of Commissioners — Filing fee is $87.36; three seats are up for election; incumbents are Republicans Johnnie Carswell, Jeff Brittain and Scott Mulwee.

» Burke County Register of Deeds — Filing fee is $590.23; incumbent is Republican Stephanie Norman.

» 25th District Court Judges — Filing fee is $1,220; two seats up for election; incumbents are Burford Cherry and Richard Holloway.

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Sharon McBrayer can be reached at smcbrayer@morganton.com or at 828-432-8946.

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