Third-party hopefuls also on Sept. 10 special election ballot
By Ginger Livingston
The Daily Reflector
Monday, August 26, 2019
GREENVILLE — The campaign to fill the 3rd Congressional District seat in the Sept. 10 special election has been dominated by the Democratic and Republican candidates. However, two third-party candidates from New Bern also are on the ballot.
Tim Harris, a small-business owner and information systems engineer, is running under the Libertarian Party banner while Greg Holt, a retired businessman, is the Constitution Party’s candidate.
“I am more an an old-school, hard-core Republican,” Holt said last week during a forum sponsored by the Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce. “I feel like we need more self-reliance, we ought to be living in a world with less taxes, less burdensome laws and regulations.”
At the same event, Harris described himself as, “the only peace, prosperity and justice candidate sitting on this stage.”
Harris said that since World War II, the U.S. government has been on “a war footing.” He said he would work to remove the country from its current overseas military commitments and remind Congress that the true cost of war in human lives.
Harris also said the U.S. is on the verge of “taxing and tariffing” itself out of existence.
“We need someone willing to stand for trade,” Harris said, so local soybean growers can sell their crops.
He also believes the nation needs to end its war on drugs and reform its justice system.
On his campaign’s Facebook page, Harris said Congress already has “plenty of lawyers, doctors, real-estate heirs and retirees. What we need are engineers and fixers.”
“We need people who can see the moving parts and assess the failing processes and fix our broken government,” Harris said. “Solving our problems and seizing our opportunities will take thinkers and doers, not just talkers.”
Holt said he supported President Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election and continues to support him because business has prospered under his administration.
On his website Holt said he wants to abolish the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Department of Education. He also opposes a mandatory minimum wage.
“Government does not create jobs; only business and companies do. But government can hinder companies from hiring,” Holt’s website states. “Government does that by creating unnecessary regulations.”
Holt also believes English should be the official language for all government business.
He also supports a moratorium on immigration to the United States, and believes children of undocumented immigrants shouldn’t automatically be given citizenship rights if they are born in the United States.
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