Primary elections Tuesday
Primary elections just keep coming, even though some people are already quite prepared to put election year 2016 behind them. The Tuesday, June 7 primary is just around the corner.
Most primaries were in March but balloting for the N.C. House of Representatives was delayed until June 7 by a three-judge panel in the federal Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. The reason for the delay was that two districts, District 1 and District 12, had been drawn with race as the only factor, a development designed to benefit Republicans, the court ruled.
According to the Asheville Citizen-Times, adjusting the two congressional districts resulted in changing other districts as well. In the mountains, Avery County moved District 11, which is represented by Republican Mark Meadows of Glenville, to District 5, represented by Republican Virginia Foxx of Watauga County.
District 10 includes Polk and Rutherford counties and much of Buncombe, including Asheville. Republican Patrick McHenry of Cherryville is the representative. The remainder of the western area is in District 11.
Andy Millard is running unopposed for the Democratic nomination in District 10. Patrick McHenry, however, has drawn three opponents in the primary. They are Jeffrey Baker, a private investigator from Mount Holly; Jeff Gregory, a retired postmaster from Shelby; and Albert Wiley, a physician from Salter Path.
While Mark Meadows is unopposed in District 11, Democrats will be choosing between Rick Bryson, Bryson City alderman and public relations writer; and Tom Hill of Zirconia, aerospace physicist.
North Carolina has what is known as “closed primaries,” meaning that voters cannot vote in the other party’s primary; however, unaffiliated voters can pick a primary in which to cast their ballots.
Voters in North Carolina are electing all of the state’s 13 representatives to the U.S. House of Representatives and one member of the U.S. Senate. The outcome of the latter race could have an impact on partisan control of the U.S. Senate and that, in