All of the seats are up for grabs in the North Carolina Senate in the upcoming election, and some are more popular than others based on the number of candidates to file.
More than 100 candidates filed campaign documents in time for the Dec. 20 deadline for the primary election in March.
Seven of the seats are being sought by more than three candidates.
The North Carolina Senate consists of 50 members each with two-year terms. There is currently a Republican majority in the senate.
The races for Senate Districts 8, 11, 18, 20, 38, 48 and 49 are loaded with candidates ready to face off for a final position on the ballot in the November general election.
Bill Rabon, R–Brunswick (District 8), the Chairman of the Rules and Operations Committee, has served in the state senate for five terms. Rabon, a veterinarian, has successfully made changes to veterinary facility permit regulations in the last legislative session. In 2019, he also proposed laws that protect the North Carolina agricultural industry and released funds for disaster relief.
Three Libertarians and one Democrat have filed to replace Rabon.
Democrat David Sink has served as the president of two colleges, according to his campaign website. He said Rabon’s district needs a new direction.
“For too long, our state legislators have been ignoring our schools and teachers, gutting our social safety net programs, undermining our environmental protections and chipping away at our fair voting system with partisan redistricting and suppressive voter laws,” Sink wrote.
Libertarian and small-business owner Tim Harris also ran for the 3rd U.S. Congressional District in April 2019. He was defeated by former state Rep. Greg Murphy in the September elections.
To go against Rabon in November, Harris would have to get more votes than his other Libertarian opponents Ethan Bickley and Anthony Mascolo.
Bickley made headlines in 2018 after his party publicly expressed disappointment with his actions in another state senate election. Bickley reportedly endorsed a Republican incumbent after he ended his campaign for state Senate District 9, which party leaders said goes against their ideologies about big government.
Mascolo, on his campaign website, said he is a former law enforcement professional who wants criminal justice and legislative reform, “preservation” of the environment and “personal liberty.”
Senate District 11 has drawn interest from three Republican candidates, while Districts 20, 38, 48 and 49 are contested by three Democrats.
Three Democrats, two Republicans and one Libertarian also filed for newly drawn District 18.
The candidates include the state's first transgender candidate, Democrat Angela Bridgman; state employee Sarah Crawford, a Democrat; attorney and professor Scott McKaig, a Republican; attorney Larry E. Norman, a Republican; and real estate appraiser, Jason Loeback, a Libertarian.