CONSISTENTLY DELIVERS

Dec 21, 2015

NC Politics in the News

The candidate filing period for the 2016 elections closed at 12:00 p.m. today. All 120 seats of the state House of Representatives, 50 seats of the state Senate, the Council of State, and the U.S. Congressional delegation are up in 2016. Additionally, one U.S. Senate seat, one Justice of the Supreme Court, and three Judges of the Court of Appeals will be on the ballot.

Council of State

Governor: Republican Governor Pat McCrory will be facing both a primary and general election. Former state Representative Robert Brawley and Charles Kenneth Moss are running against Gov. McCrory for the Republican nomination. On the Democrat side, current Attorney General Roy Cooper and attorney Ken Spaulding will be competing for the nomination. Libertarian Lon Cecil will challenge the winners of the Republican and Democrat primaries in November.

Lt. Governor: Republican Lt. Governor Dan Forrest will be running against both a Libertarian and Democrat in November. Lt. Governor may potentially face his 2012 opponent, Democrat Linda Coleman, if she secures the Democrat nomination. A total of four Democrats will be competing in the March primary.

Secretary of State: Democrat Elaine Marshall will face a Republican opponent in November. Republicans A.J. Daoud and Michael LaPaglia are competing for the Republican nomination.

State Auditor: Democrat Beth Wood is running for her third term as State Auditor. She faces a general election opponent, Republican Chuck Stuber, a former FBI agent.

State Treasurer: The State Treasurer seat is up for grabs after Democrat Janet Cowell announced earlier this year that she would be retiring at the end of her term. Former state Representative Dale Folwell, a Republican from Winston-Salem, will be competing against the Democrat that wins the party nomination. Democrats Dan Blue III and Ron Elmer both filed for the seat.

Superintendent of Public Instruction: Democrat June Atkinson has both a primary and general election in 2016. Superintendent Atkinson will face Democrat Henry Pankey in March, and three Republicans will compete for the party nomination.

Attorney General: When current Attorney General announced earlier this year that he would be running for Governor, it left this seat open for the 2016 election. State Senator Buck Newton will compete against Forsyth County District Attorney Jim O’Neill for the Republican nomination, while State Senator Josh Stein is opposing attorney Marcus Williams on the Democrat side.

Commissioner of Agriculture: Republican Steve Troxler is running for his fourth term as Commissioner of Agriculture. He has received both a primary and general election opponent for 2016. Commissioner Troxler’s Democrat opponent, Walter Smith, lost to him in 2012.

Commissioner of Labor: Republican Cherie Berry did not receive any primary opposition, but two Democrats did file for the seat, including former Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker.

Commissioner of Insurance: Democrat Wayne Goodwin will have a general election in 2016. Three Republicans have filed for the seat, including Commissioner Goodwin’s 2012 opponent- Mike Causey.

North Carolina General Assembly

House of Representatives: Thirteen sitting members of the state House are not running for reelection: Reps. Nathan Baskerville, Dan Bishop, Rayne Brown, Rick Catlin, Tricia Cotham, Leo Daughtry, J.H. Langdon, Jacqueline Schaffer, Paul Stam, Paul Tine, Ken Waddell, Roger West, and Chris Whitmire. Rep. Bishop will be running for District 39 of the state Senate, and the remaining 12 legislators will retire at the end of their terms.

Twenty-five sitting House members will face a primary opponent in 2016, and 53 will have a general election opponent. Additionally, 12 of those members have both a primary and general election opponent.

DISTRICT

CANDIDATE

PARTY

DISTRICT

CANDIDATE

PARTY

1

Bob Steinburg

REP

56

Verla Insko

DEM

Sam Davis

DEM

57

Pricey Harrison

DEM

2

Larry Yarborough

REP

58

Ralph Johnson

DEM

Joe Parrish

DEM

Amos Quick

DEM

3

Michael Speciale

REP

59

Jon Hardister

REP

Marva Fisher Baldwin

DEM

Scott Jones

DEM

4

Jimmy Dixon

REP

60

Cecil Brockman

DEM

5

Howard Hunter

DEM

61

John Faircloth

REP

6
OPEN
(Tine)

Warren Judge

DEM

62

John Blust

REP

Judy Justice

DEM

63

Stephen Ross

REP

Beverly Boswell

REP

64

Dennis Riddell

REP

Arthur Williams

REP

65

Bert Jones

REP

Ashley Woolard

REP

H. Keith Duncan

DEM

7

Bobbie Richardson

DEM

66

Ken Goodman

DEM

William Hancock

REP

67

Justin Burr

REP

8

Susan Martin

REP

Lane Burris

REP

Charlie Pat Farris

DEM

Carson Roger Snyder

DEM

9

Greg Murphy

REP

68

Craig Horn

REP

Brian Farkas

DEM

69

Dean Arp

REP

Walter Gaskins

DEM

Gordon Daniels

DEM

10

John Bell

REP

70

Pat Hurley

REP

Jeffrey Gregory

REP

Lois Bohnsack

DEM

Evelyn Paul

DEM

71

Evelyn Terry

DEM

11

Duane Hall

DEM

72

Ed Hanes

DEM

Ray Martin

REP

73

Lee Zachary

REP

Brian Lewis

LIB

Dwight Shook

REP

12

George Graham

DEM

74

Debra Conrad

REP

13

Pat McElraft

REP

Marilynn Baker

DEM

Rodney Alexander

DEM

75

Donny Lambeth

REP

14

George Cleveland

REP

76

Carl Ford

REP

15

Phil Shepard

REP

77

Harry Warren

REP

Dan Whitten

DEM

Andrew Poston

REP

16

Chris Millis

REP

78

Allen McNeill

REP

Steve Unger

DEM

Bill McCaskill

DEM

17

Frank Iler

REP

79

Julia Howard

REP

Marion Davis

REP

80

Sam Watford

REP

Charles Warren

DEM

81
OPEN
(R. Brown)

Tyler Lohr Forrest

REP

18

Susi Hamilton

DEM

Sharon Pearce

REP

Gerald (Jerry) Benton

REP

Larry Potts

REP

19

Ted Davis

REP

Andy Hedrick

DEM

20
OPEN
(Catlin)

Tammy Covil

REP

82

Larry Pittman

REP

Holly Grange

REP

Michael Fischer

REP

21

Larry Bell

DEM

Earle Schecter

DEM

Scotty Smith

DEM

83

Linda Johnson

REP

22

William Brisson

DEM

Nathan Stone

REP

Ben Snyder

DEM

Jeremy Hachen

DEM

23

Shelly Willingham

DEM

84

Rena Turner

REP

24

Jean Farmer-Butterfield

DEM

Kirk Sherrill

REP

Kandie Smith

DEM

John Wayne Kahl

DEM

25

Jeff Collins

REP

85

Josh Dobson

REP

Jim Lee

DEM

86

Hugh Blackwell

REP

26
OPEN
(Daughtry)

Dennis Nielsen

REP

Tim Barnsback

DEM

Donna White

REP

87

George Robinson

REP

Rich Nixon

DEM

Destin Hall

REP

27

Michael Wray

DEM

88

Rob Bryan

REP

Franklin Williams Jr.

DEM

Mary Belk

DEM

28
OPEN
(Langdon)

Tony Braswell

REP

89

Mitchell Setzer

REP

Gregory Dail

REP

90

Sarah Stevens

REP

Larry Strickland

REP

Vera Smith Reynolds

DEM

Jimmie Massengill

DEM

91

Kyle Hall

REP

Patricia Oliver

DEM

Robert Knight

REP

29

Larry Hall

DEM

Ira (Bubba) Tilley

REP

30

Paul Luebke

DEM

Eugene Russell

DEM

Elissa Fuchs

REP

92

Charles Jeter

REP

31

Mickey Michaux

DEM

Tom Davis

REP

32
OPEN
(Baskerville)

Terri Campbell

DEM

Chaz Beasley

DEM

Terry Garrison

93

Jonathan Jordan

REP

Gary Miles Sr.

DEM

Lew Hendricks

REP

33

Rosa Gill

DEM

Sue Counts

DEM

Bernard Allen II

DEM

Ronnie Marsh

DEM

Shirley Hicks

DEM

94

Jeffrey Elmore

REP

34

Grier Martin

DEM

Michael Lentz

DEM

Bill Morris

REP

95

John Fraley

REP

35

Chris Malone

REP

David Thompson

REP

Terence Everitt

DEM

96

Jay Adams

REP

36

Nelson Dollar

REP

97

Jason Saine

REP

Mark Villee

REP

98

John Bradford

REP

Woodie Cleary

DEM

99

Rodney Moore

DEM

Jennifer Ferrell

DEM

100
OPEN
(Cotham)

John Autry

DEM

Brian Irving

LIB

Billy Maddalon

DEM

37
OPEN
(Stam)

Linda Hunt-Williams

REP

101

Beverly Earle

DEM

Jonathan Graham

DEM

Steven Jones

DEM

Robert Rose

LIB

Justin Dunn

REP

38

Yvonne Holley

DEM

102

Becky Carney

DEM

Olen Watson III

LIB

103

Bill Brawley

REP

39

Darren Jackson

DEM

Noah Liberman

DEM

40

Marilyn Avila

REP

Rochelle Rivas

DEM

Joe John

DEM

104
OPEN
(Bishop)

Andy Dulin

REP

41

Gale Adcock

DEM

Peter Noris

DEM

Chris Shoffner

REP

105
OPEN
(Schaffer)

Tim Morgan

REP

42

Marvin Lucas

DEM

Scott Stone

REP

43

Elmer Floyd

DEM

Connie Green-Johnson

DEM

44

Billy Richardson

DEM

106

Carla Cunningham

DEM

Jim Arp

REP

107

Kelly Alexander

DEM

Todd Ausborn

REP

Robert Blok

DEM

Richard Button

REP

108

John Torbett

REP

45

John Szoka

REP

109

Dana Bumgardner

REP

Roberta Waddle

DEM

Susan Maxon

DEM

46
OPEN
(Waddell)

Brenden Jones

REP

110

Kelly Hastings

REP

Thomas Howell Jr.

111

Tim Moore

REP

Tim Benton

DEM

112

Mike Hager

REP

47

Charles Graham

DEM

113
OPEN
(Whitmire)

Coty Ferguson

REP

Randall Jones

DEM

Cody Henson

REP

48

Garland Pierce

DEM

Maureen Copelof

DEM

49

Gary Pendleton

REP

114

Susan Fisher

DEM

Cynthia Ball

DEM

115

John Ager

DEM

David Ulmer

LIB

Bob Chilmonik

REP

50

Graig Meyer

DEM

Frank Mortez

REP

Rod Chaney

REP

116

Brian Turner

DEM

51

Brad Salmon

DEM

Kay Olsen

REP

John Sauls

REP

117

Chuck McGrady

REP

52

Jamie Boles

REP

118

Michele Presnell

REP

John (JD) Zumwalt

REP

Reese Steen

DEM

53

David Lewis

REP

Rhonda Schandevel

DEM

Chuck Levorse

REP

119

Joe Sam Queen

DEM

Jon Blum

DEM

Mike Clampitt

REP

54

Robert Reives

DEM

Aaron Littlefield

REP

Wesley Seawell

REP

120
OPEN
(West)

Kevin Corbin

REP

55

Mark Brody

REP

Elliott Southworth

REP

Kim Hargett

DEM

Randy Hogsed

DEM

Senate: Seven members of the state Senate are not running for reelection: Sens. Tom Apodaca, Stan Bingham, Fletcher Hartsell, Buck Newton, Bob Rucho, Dan Soucek, and Josh Stein. Sens. Newton and Stein, a Republican and a Democrat, respectively, are both running for Attorney General.

Seven sitting Senate members will face a primary opponent in 2016, and 27 will have a general election opponent. Additionally, two of those members have both a primary and general election opponent.

DISTRICT

CANDIDATE

PARTY

DISTRICT

CANDIDATE

PARTY

1

Bill Cook

REP

29

Jerry Tillman

REP

Brownie Futrell

DEM

30

Shirley Randleman

REP

2

Norman Sanderson

REP

Michael Holleman

DEM

Dorothea White

DEM

31

Joyce Krawiec

REP

3

Erica Smith-Ingram

DEM

Peter Antinozzi

REP

4

Angela Bryant

DEM

Dempsey Brewer

REP

James Mills

DEM

32

Paul Lowe

DEM

Richard Scott

REP

33
OPEN
(Bingham)

Cathy Dunn

REP

5

Don Davis

DEM

Eddie Gallimore

REP

6

Harry Brown

REP

Joe Kennedy

REP

7

Louis Pate

REP

Jim Beall Graham

DEM

8

Bill Rabon

REP

34

Andrew Brock

REP

9

Michael Lee

REP

35

Tommy Tucker

REP

Andrew Barnhill

DEM

Matt Daly

REP

10

Brent Jackson

REP

36
OPEN
(Hartsell)

Scott Aumuller

REP

11
OPEN
(Newton)

Rick Horner

REP

Amy Blake

REP

Benton Sawrey

REP

Parish Moffitt

REP

Albert Pacer

DEM

Paul Newton

REP

12

Ronald Rabin

REP

Robert Brown

DEM

Susan Byerly

DEM

Andrew Platek

DEM

Jay Willis Sills Jr.

DEM

37

Jeff Jackson

DEM

13

Jane Smith

DEM

Bob Diamond

REP

Danny Earl "JR" Britt

REP

38

Joel Ford

DEM

14

Dan Blue

DEM

Roderick Davis

DEM

15

John Alexander

REP

Richard Rivette

REP

Laurel Deegan-Fricke

DEM

39
OPEN
(Rucho)

Dan Bishop

REP

Brad Hessel

LIB

Lloyd Scher

DEM

16
OPEN
(Stein)

Jay Chaudhuri

DEM

40

Joyce Waddell

DEM

Ellis Hankins

DEM

Nasif Majeed

DEM

Eric Weaver

REP

Marguerite Cooke

REP

17

Tamara Barringer

REP

41

Jeff Tarte

REP

Susan Evans

DEM

Chris Cole

LIB

Susan Hogarth

LIB

Jonathan Hudson

DEM

18

Chad Barefoot

REP

42

Andy Wells

REP

Gil Johnson

DEM

43

Kathy Harrington

REP

19

Wesley Meredith

REP

44

David Curtis

REP

Toni Morris

DEM

Chris Carney

REP

20

Floyd McKissick

DEM

Nic Haag

LIB

Barbara Howe

LIB

45
OPEN
(Soucek)

Deanna Ballard

REP

21

Ben Clark

DEM

Ken Boham

REP

Naveed Aziz

DEM

Art Sherwood

DEM

Mohammed Smith

DEM

46

Warren Daniel

REP

Dan Travieso

REP

Jim Cates

DEM

22

Mike Woodard

DEM

Anne Fischer

DEM

T. Greg Doucette

REP

47

Ralph Hise

REP

23

Valerie Foushee

DEM

Mary Jane Boyd

DEM

Mary Lopez Carter

REP

Tim Murphy

DEM

24

Rick Gunn

REP

48
OPEN
(Apodaca)

Norman Bossert

DEM

John Thorpe

DEM

Lisa Carpenter Baldwin

REP

25

Tom McInnis

REP

Chuck Edwards

REP

Dannie Montgomery

DEM

Dennis Justice

REP

26

Phil Berger

REP

49

Terry Van Duyn

DEM

27

Trudy Wade

REP

William Meredith

LIB

Michael Garrett

DEM

50

Jim Davis

REP

28

Gladys Robinson

DEM

Jane Hipps

DEM

Devin King

REP

United States Congress

U.S. House of Representatives: All 13 sitting Representatives are running for re-election in 2016. Eight representatives will be running in both a primary and general election, and five will run in only the November general election.

Primary & General Elections: Reps. Reps. Renee Ellmers (R-District 2), Walter Jones (R-District 3), Virginia Foxx (R-District 5), Mark Walker (R-District 6), David Rouzer (R-District 7), Robert Pittenger (R-District 9), Patrick McHenry (R-District 10), and Alma Adams (D-District 12).

General Election only: Reps. G.K. Butterfield (D-District 1), David Price (D-District 4), Richard Hudson (R-District 8), Mark Meadows (R-District 11), and George Holding (R-District 13).

U.S. Senate: U.S. Senator Richard Burr, a Republican, will face both a primary and general election in 2016. Sen. Burr will oppose three other Republicans in the March primary. The Democrats will see a four-way primary election. The winners of those primaries will go on to face Libertarian Sean Haugh for the general election. Haugh and Republican candidate Greg Brannon both ran for the U.S. Senate in 2014 against Sen. Thom Tillis. Other notable names in the U.S. Senate race include former N.C. House member Deborah Ross and Town of Spring Lake Mayor Chris Rey, both Democrats.

Supreme Court & Court of Appeals

Supreme Court: Justice Robert H. Edmunds Jr. will be running in a retention election instead of running against other candidates in 2016. Justice Edmunds is the first sitting justice to run in a retention election, due to a change in state law this year

Court of Appeals: All four sitting judges of the Court of Appeals that are up for reelection in 2016, filed for reelection.

  • Judge Richard Dietz will compete against Wake County District Court Judge Vince Rozier.
  • Judge Bob Hunter will face former NC Superior Court Judge Abe Jones.
  • Judge Linda Stephens will contest Administrative Law Judge Phil Berger Jr.
  • Judge Valerie Zachary will oppose District Court Judge Rickye McKoy-Mitchell.

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