Eastern North Carolina House Races
Like the Senate, Republicans are anticipated to remain in control of the House following the election. According to the John Locke Foundation’s Civitas Partisan Index, of the 120 total Senate seats, 58 are likely to elect Republicans, 56 will likely elect Democrats, and six are “toss-up” districts. Republicans need to win six of the toss-up or lean Democrat seats to take the supermajority. In November, voters in the eastern part of the state will decide the winners of the following races:
District 1: Chowan, Currituck, Dare (Part), Perquimans, Tyrrell, and Washington
Incumbent Representative Ed Goodwin (R-Chowan), who chairs the House Homeland Security, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee, is running unopposed in this “safe Republican” district.
District 3: Craven (Part)
Incumbent Representative Steve Tyson (R-Craven) is unopposed as he seeks his second term.
District 4: Duplin and Wayne (Part)
Incumbent Representative Jimmy Dixon (R-Duplin), who chairs the House Agriculture Committee, is seeking his seventh term in the House. He faces Democrat Wesley Boykin in this “likely Republican” district.
District 5: Camden, Gates, Hertford, and Pasquotank
Incumbent Representative Howard Hunter (D-Hertford) is seeking re-election in this “lean Democrat” seat. He faces Republican activist Bill Ward of Pasquotank County.
District 8: Pitt (Part)
Following Representative Kandie Smith’s (D-Pitt) announcement to run for the NC Senate, Bethel Mayor and Democrat Gloristine Brown filed to run for this “likely Democrat” seat. She faces Republican Charles Vincent.
District 9: Pitt (Part)
In an important seat for Republicans to flip in order to win a supermajority, incumbent Representative Brian Farkas (D-Pitt) will face Republican Dr. Timothy Reeder, an emergency physician. It is a “lean Democrat” district.
District 10: Wayne (Part)
House Majority Leader John Bell (R-Wayne) is unopposed as he seeks his sixth term in the House.
District 12: Greene, Jones, and Lenoir
Incumbent Representative Chris Humphrey (R-Lenoir), who chairs the House Insurance Committee, is seeking his third term in the House. He faces Democrat Lillie Williams, a teacher in Kinston. The district is rated “lean Republican.”
District 13: Carteret and Craven (Part)
Long time Representative Pat McElraft (R-Carteret) declined to seek re-election this year. Republican activist and CPA, Celeste Cairns, of Emerald Isle, will face Democat Katie Tomerlin, a community leader from Newport, in the race efor this "safe Republican" seat.
District 14: Onslow (Part)
Incumbent Representative George Cleveland (R-Onslow), who chairs the House Appropriations, General Government Committee, is running for re-election this year in this “safe Republican” seat. He faces Democrat Ike Johnson, a retired Marine officer.
District 15: Onslow (Part)
Incumbent Representative Phil Shepard (R-Onslow) is seeking re-election in this “safe Republican” district. He faces Democrat Christopher Schulte.
District 16: Onslow (Part) and Pender
Incumbent Representative Carson Smith (R-Pender), who chairs the House Appropriations, Justice and Public Safety, Committee is running unopposed for his third term.
District 17: Brunswick (Part)
Incumbent Representative Frank Iler (R-Brunswick), who chairs the House Transportation Committee, faces Democrat and former Marine Eric Terashima. It is considered to be a “safe Republican” seat.
District 18: New Hanover (Part)
House Democratic Whip, Representative Deb Butler (D-New Hanover) is seeking re-election in this Wilmington-based district. She faces Republican John Hinnant, a developer and community leader in Wilmington.
District 19: Brunswick (Part) and New Hanover (Part)
Incumbent Representative Charlie Miller (R-Brunswick), who served as Brunswick County Sheriff prior to being elected to the House, is running unopposed for re-election.
District 20: New Hanover (Part)
Frequently competitive, this Wilmington-to-Wrightsville Beach district pits incumbent Representative Ted Davis (R-New Hanover) against Democrat Amy Block DeLoach, the daughter of former Senator Frank Block. It is rated as a “toss-up” district.
District 22: Bladen and Sampson
Incumbent Representative William Brisson (R-Sampson), who co-chairs the House Agriculture Committee, is running unopposed to serve a ninth term.
District 24: Nash (Part) and Wilson
Incumbent Representative Linda Cooper-Suggs (D-Wilson) faces Republican Ken Fontenot, a Wilson pastor. Republicans likely have to flip this “lean Democrat” seat in order to win a supermajority.
District 25: Nash (Part)
Incumbent Representative James Gailliard (D-Nash) faces Republican Allen Chesser, a veteran and Republican Party activist. Republicans will likely need to flip this “lean Democrat” seat to win a supermajority in the House.
District 27: Halifax, Northampton, and Warren
Incumbent Representative Michael Wray (D-Northampton) is seeking his tenth term in the House. He faces Republican Wes Tripp in this “safe Democrat” seat.
District 28: Johnston (Part)
Incumbent Larry Strickland (R-Johnston), who co-chairs the House Appropriations Committee, is seeking his fourth term in the House in this “safe Republican” seat. He faces Democrat Wendy Ella May.
District 42: Cumberland (Part)
Incumbent Representative Marvin Lucas (D-Cumberland) is seeking his 12th term in this “safe Democrat” seat. He faces Republican. Gloria Carassco.
District 43: Cumberland (Part)
Former Democratic House Representative Elmer Floyd, of Cumberland County, is seeking re-election against incumbent Republican Representative Diane Wheatley, also of Cumberland County, who is serving her first term. The district is rated as a “toss-up.”
District 44: Cumberland (Part)
Following incumbent Democratic Representative Billy Richardson’s (D-Cumberland) decision not to seek re-election, Democrat Charles Smith, an attorney, and former assistant District Attorney, is running unopposed.
District 45: Cumberland (Part)
Following redistricting, this seat became open with no incumbent. Democrat Dr. Frances Jackson, a former community planner and social studies teacher, is expected to win in this “likely Democratic” seat against Republican Susan Chapman.
District 46: Columbus and Robeson (Part)
Incumbent Representative Brenden Jones (R-Columbus), who serves as House Deputy Majority Leader and House Transportation Committee Chairman, is running unopposed for his fourth term.
District 47: Robeson (Part)
Following Robeson County Democrat Representative Charles Graham’s decision to run for US Congress, this Lumberton-to-Pembroke district is an open seat. Democrat Charles Townsend, the former Fairmont Mayor, faces Republican Jarrod Lowery, Marine veteran and brother of the Lumbee Tribal Chairman John Lowery.
District 48: Hoke and Scotland
Former Democratic Whip and Chair of the Legislative Black Caucus, Representative Garland Pierce (D-Scotland) is seeking his 10th term in the House to represent Hoke and Scotland County. He faces Hoke County Republican Melissa Swarbrick in this “lean Democrat” seat.
District 79: Beaufort, Dare (Part), Hyde, and Pamlico
Incumbent Representative Keith Kidwell (R-Beaufort), who leads the House Freedom Caucus, is running unopposed in this safe Republican district.