Residents head back to the polls on June 7 to vote in the primary for the U.S. House of Representatives and the N.C. Supreme Court. The primary was originally scheduled for March 15 but was moved because the General Assembly redrew district lines after a federal court determined the former districts were racially gerrymandered and unconstitutional.
Denver Republicans will vote for the party’s ticket for the 10th Congressional District. The winner will face Democratic candidate Andy Millard in November.
Here’s a look at the candidates running for the seat.
Jeffrey Baker is from Mount Holly, according to The “Baker for Congress” Facebook page. He was an Army Airborne Ranger for three years and a police officer with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department for 13 years.
In an email, Baker said he wanted to run because he feels incumbent Patrick McHenry has abandoned his conservative values.
Baker summarized his platform as, “Strong conservative values. Put America first.”
Issues of particular importance to him are the economy, immigration, the national debt and repealing agreements such as North American Free Trade Agreement and the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
“Build the wall and enforce our current laws,” he wrote. “Protect our citizens from terrorists coming here. We need to know who is here.”
A resident of Shelby, Jeff Gregory decided to enter the race because he was worried about the country.
He is a retired postmaster and a veteran and worked for Piedmont Airlines. But he believes it is his commitment to his country that is the most important when it comes to running for office.
“Anybody’s qualified that’s American and wants to serve their country,” he said.
Gregory’s platform is “God, family, country.”
He said many problems can be solved by either repealing legislation or agreements, such as North American Free Trade Agreement and the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or enforcing already existing laws. Issues of particular concern to him are jobs, illegal immigration and terrorism.
He is also worried about the influence of career politicians and said he would only serve for four to six years if he were elected.
Gregory said, if elected, he would be willing to work with anyone who was “for the betterment of America.”
The incumbent originally elected in 2004 grew up in Gastonia and now lives in Denver. In 2014, he began serving as the chief deputy whip of the U.S. House, according to his website.
“I’ve been working hard on behalf of the people of western North Carolina to ensure that our shared conservative values are represented in Congress,” McHenry wrote in an email.
He highlighted his work in challenging the Affordable Care Act and passing a highway bill that will support the country’s infrastructure.
He noted that work remains to be done in areas such as addressing the threat of Islamic extremists, the heroin epidemic and the stagnant income of the middle class.
Albert Lee Wiley Jr.
Albert Wiley started out as a nuclear engineer before going to medical school. He spent the next 40 years working as a cancer specialist and also served in Vietnam. More recently, he has consulted and trained people in nuclear safety and traveled to 25 countries.
It is this broad life experience combined with technical knowledge that Wiley believes makes him a good candidate.
“I’ve gained a lot of world experience in the last seven years and know a lot about what’s going on in the Middle East and think I could provide some input to Congress,” he said.
Issues of particular concern to him are the national debt, job creation and national security.
Wiley does not live in the 10th district, and his residence is in Salter Path. To run in a district, candidates must only reside in the state they are running; they do not have to live in the district, according to the North Carolina State Board of Elections website. Wiley said the 10th District feels like home to him, however. His family is from Forest CIty, and he was raised in Canton, which used to be included in the 10th District, he said.
“Of all the districts in the world I’d like to represent, it’s the 10th District because it’s where most of my relatives and friends are, and I know the district,” he said.
N.C. Supreme Court candidates
All registered voters in North Carolina can also vote for an associate justice for the N.C. Supreme Court. The candidates in this nonpartisan election are Daniel Robertson, Mike Morgan, incumbent Bob Edmunds and Sabra Jean Faires.
Voters can look up their assigned voting precincts at www.ncsbe.gov.