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 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