O.D. Sykes, a minister, is the first to file for the seat, according to the Halifax County Board of Elections.
Incumbent Michael Wray filed to retain his state House District 27 seat.
Incumbent District Attorney Valerie Mitchell Asbell filed today to retain her seat.
The first challenger for the at-large Halifax County Board of Commissioners race filed today.
Terry Buffaloe of Roanoke Rapids is the challenger.
Roger W. Allison, a Durham Republican, filed to run for the United States House of Representatives seat occupied by G.K. Butterfield.
Filing for the May 8 primary runs through noon on February 28.