26 candidates running for Walter Jones’ seat in North Carolina

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WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 12: U.S. Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) speaks during a press conference on U.S. House bill H.R. 428 in the Cannon House Office Building on March 12, 2014 in Washington, DC. The bill would make public 28 pages, currently classified, that were removed from the congressional investigation’s report on the terrorist attacks […]

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCT) — There are officially 26 candidates running to represent North Carolina’s third district in Congress.

The filing deadline ended at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 8. There are 17 Republicans, six Democrats, two Libertarians and one candidate from the Constitution Party.

The became open following the death of U.S. Rep. Walter B. Jones earlier this year. 

WAVY sister station WNCT asked residents in Farmville, North Carolina what they’re looking for in a representative. A lot of people didn’t want to go on camera, but said they’re looking for someone like Jones.

Some residents said they want someone in Washington who is fair and honest.

Louis Groom lives in the East, he said, “I truly think people are looking for someone who can help them and the community, the district as a whole, not just satisfy a selfish desire here, or a selfish desire there, but what would help us all as a whole.”

The primary is going to be next month, on April 30. Early voting will begin on April 10, with a special general election is set for July 9.

The North Carolina State Board of Elections held a random drawing to decide the order in which the candidates will show up on the ballot, they will be in reverse alphabetical order starting with Z.

Here’s a full rundown of the candidates running from each party:

REPUBLICAN: Michael Speciale; Phil Shepard; Eric Rouse; Joan Perry; Michael Payment; Michele Nix; Dr. Greg Murphy; Phil Law; Francis Deluca; Donald Cox; Gary Ceres; Chimer Davis Clark; Celeste Cairns; Graham Boyd; Paul Beaufort; Kevin Baiko

DEMOCRAT: Allen Thomas; Ernest T. Reeves; Dana Outlaw; Gregory Humphrey; Ike Johnson; Richard Bew

CONSTITUTION: Greg Holt

LIBERTARIAN: Timothy Harris; Shannon Bray

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