Special election must be held to fill Congressman Walter B. Jones’ seat

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — With the passing of Walter B. Jones Jr., the second-generation congressman who called Farmville home, a special election will need to be held to fill his seat. 

Jones served as both a Republican and Democrat during his time in office. 

He was a state legislator in Raleigh and a member of the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington D.C.

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He began as a congressman in 1995, and served ever since. 

Unfortunately, he did not finish out his current term in Congress, which began in January. 

ECU political science professor Carmine Scavo said Governor Roy Cooper must call a special election to fill the seat. 

“It will only be an election for this congressional district, which goes all the way from Greenville to Jacksonville,” Scavo said. “The earliest he could do it is May. There will be a primary on both sides first and it will be whoever gets more than 30 percent of the vote in the primary electin will be the candidate in the general election.”

“There are a number of state and federal laws that have to be complied with in order to set this calendar for potential absentee ballots, primary, and then general election,” Gov. Roy Cooper said. 

Cooper said an announcement regarding the election will be made soon. 

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