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A few kind words about the candidates

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

With the first leg of the primary for The 3rd District Congressional seat ending next Tuesday, we thought we'd offer a few kind words about the candidates that we've met. That's been a wise policy that we've long since adopted at the Chowan Herald.

Early voting ends Friday with the primary being held April 30 and the general election is scheduled for July 9.

In the wake of the Mueller report, pending no change in the highly charged partisan atmosphere of Washington, D.C., whoever wins this general election may have an opportunity to potentially vote on whether to censure President Donald Trump or even the remote possibility of impeachment.

No matter what party you support, ask your candidate how they feel about the president's future. That candidate's answer will speak volumes about what they think their priorities will be if elected.

The congressional race features 17 Republicans, six Democrats, two Libertarians and one Constitutional Party, so forgive us if we haven't met everyone. Despite the slings and arrows hurled in the primary, whoever wins the general election will do the best they can for our district.

In no particular order, first up is GOP candidate Dr. Joan Perry of Kinston, a good listener who is genuinely concerned about people, meaning her visit to Edenton Coffee House was less about her blathering on like some career politician, more about her listening to others. A conservative pediatrician, Perry is ardently pro-life – a position that puts her at odds with Gov. Roy Cooper, who vetoed the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act last week.

Next, Democrat Richard Bew, a retired Marine colonel, won't need on-the job training for Congress because he's served tours of duty at the Pentagon and on the battlefield. He's commanded 4,000 troops – more than double the the combined total of city employees working for New Bern and Greenville, the two largest cities in District 3.

Speaking of the Marines, Republican Phil Law, who wore the Marine uniform with pride a few years back, is dogged in his persistence to take his conservative vision to Washington, D.C. Law has a lot of name recognition and voter support from his recent campaigns.

Democrat Dana Outlaw, mayor of New Bern, did amazing work leading the city's recovery in the wake of Hurricane Florence. A conservative Democrat, Outlaw offers a refreshing practical and bipartisan approach to politics.

Republican Greg Murphy will be a good fit for Congress. Not only does Murphy have legislative experience, but he's got a very solid resume as a Pitt County doctor and hospital administrator who will serve our country well as we build a better health care system.

Democrat Allen Thomas, a former mayor of Greenville, abruptly resigned in March from his position leading the Global Trans Park Authority in Kinston so he could campaign for Congress during the past six weeks – that's how dedicated he is to serving eastern North Carolina.

“Somebody asked me if I was running for Congress. I am not running for Congress, I am running for eastern North Carolina” – Thomas was quoted as saying in the Daily Reflector on March 8.

A quote like that is a nice segway to Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Specifically, Republican Michele Nix brands herself as the antithesis to AOC after she gained national attention for her campaign commercial condemning the socialist congresswoman. A supporter of President Trump's policies, Nix formerly served as vice chairwoman of the state's GOP before entering the primary.

A conservative's conservative, NC Representative Michael Speciale, R-Craven, is the founder and chairman of the House's Freedom Caucus, so he's not the type who will go all wobbly if elected to Congress. A lifelong member of the National Rifle Association, Speciale is a straight shooter who won a straw poll among Republicans at the outset of the primary.

A social and fiscal conservative, NC Representative Phil Shepard, R-Onslow, is intelligent, knowledgeable and personable. He has been endorsed by the National Rifle Association and the State Employees Association of North Carolina.

Since there's a good chance no Democrat or Republican will be able claim ultimate victory April 30, this congressional primary will extend into July, so there's still an opportunity for candidates to visit Chowan County, which had one of the highest percentages of people voting during the last two election cycles.

No matter what party you support, please exercise your right to vote.

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