North Carolina Senator Richard Burr will have some competition in the Republican primary for his seat.
Asheboro City Council member Eddie Burks filed his paperwork Monday to get on the ballot as a GOP candidate for the U.S. Senate. Burks runs a small-business advertising firm and was mayor of Franklinville in Randolph County.
Burks said recently he believed Burr has been inaccessible to the state's citizens at a time when North Carolina needs strong leadership.
Democrat Marcus Williams also has filed as a candidate for the party's Senate primary May 4.
Hundreds of candidates -- from Senate and Congress to the Legislature and judgeships -- have turned in their candidacy papers since the filing period began at noon Monday. The period ends Feb. 26 at midday.