The State Board of Elections has rejected a request by Nathan Tabor, the Forsyth County Republican Party chairman, to get on a Greensboro congressional ballot after officials determined last month he missed the candidate filing deadline, the AP reports.
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The two-week candidate filing period ended at noon Wednesday with last-minute drama, as a would-be congressional candidate ran into the state elections agency in Raleigh seconds too late.
Forsyth Republican Party Chairman Nathan Tabor stopped his car in the middle of the State Board of Elections parking lot and ran into the building. He said the receptionist told him he made it just in time.
But a room away, elections chief Gary Bartlett announced the end of filing before Tabor entered. Seconds later Tabor stormed into the room. Bartlett told Tabor he was too late. Tabor plans to appeal to the full state elections board, which will make a decision March 6.
A busted pipe forced the evacuation of the State Board of Elections office on Harrington Street as candidates filed paperwork to run for office.
Gary Bartlett, the executive director, said a pipe burst under the floor and flooded the back part of the office. The water was too close to the transformer for comfort, forcing fire officials to evacuate the building Tuesday morning.
The state's elections agency just moved offices to 441 N. Harrington St. -- but now the flood has forced the agency back to its old confines, a block down the street.
A number of prominent state officials didn't waste time to launch their re-election efforts Monday. In a campaign season defined so far by who isn't running, most of the statewide Council of State officials filed paperwork to run again in 2012.
Among them: Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin, State Treasurer Janet Cowell, Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, State Superintendent June Atkinson and State Auditor Beth Wood, all Democrats.