Democrat Dan McCready surrounded by family and supporters as he prepares to file to run for the 9th District Congressional seat
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North Carolina candidates began filing Monday to run for Congress, the state legislature, district attorney and county positions. The Mecklenburg County Board of Elections was packed with candidates and their supporters before the start of filing at noon.

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North Carolina Congressman Robert Pittenger (R-Charlotte) will hold a "tele-town hall" meeting tonight (Thursday) at 6:30 p.m., meaning constituents will need to phone in their comments for the Charlotte Republican to respond to remotely, and aides will have better control over the discussion.

The event was announced Monday. This week there have been dozens of raucous town hall meetings in other parts of the country, including in Utah, Tennessee, Michigan, and Illinois.