GOP Primary Challengers Rise In NC

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GOP Primary Challengers Rise In NC

By A.P. Dil­lon

We’re just a four months into 2015 and already can­di­dates are throw­ing their hats into the ring for 2016 nation­wide and locally.

Here in North Car­olina, we’ve got two can­di­dates who launched cam­paigns this week. Both are run­ning as Repub­li­cans and both are vying for seats cur­rently held by Repub­li­cans. Per­haps North Car­olina has pri­mary fever?

One race is dis­trict NC-​02, cur­rently held by Con­gress­woman Renee Ellmers. This is Ellmers’s sec­ond pri­mary chal­lenger. Last cycle, she kept her seat by defeat­ing Frank Roche. Ellmers then went on to defeat the Demo­c­rat nom­i­nee, for­mer Amer­i­can Idol runner-​up, Clay Aiken.

Ellmers’s chal­lenger this time is Jim Dun­can. Dun­can announced his can­di­dacy on April 6th in var­i­ous for­mats includ­ing social media and emails with sim­i­lar open­ing state­ments like the one below:

Jim Dun­can of Chatham County announced today that he is a can­di­date for the 2nd Con­gres­sional Dis­trict seat of North Car­olina. “I’m enter­ing this race because I want to serve the will of the peo­ple. It’s time to lis­ten to their needs, pro­tect their free­doms and unite this dis­trict,” said Dun­can. “I do not need to build a new career in Wash­ing­ton DC. I sim­ply wish to have the honor of rep­re­sent­ing the cit­i­zens in the 2nd dis­trict.” Dun­can said uphold­ing the Con­sti­tu­tion, attack­ing the debt, and build­ing a strong Amer­ica with pro­tected bor­ders will be hall­marks of his campaign.”

Dis­con­tent with Ellmers’s posi­tions, cou­pled with a few botched encoun­ters with con­stituents might be a recipe for a win for Dun­can. In the com­ing weeks, I’ll have more on Duncan.

Mean­while, Rep. Vir­ginia Foxx (NC-​05) is see­ing a pri­mary chal­lenger in activist Pat­tie Cur­ran. Foxx also saw a chal­lenger last cycle, Phillip Doyle. Foxx has recently drawn fire from all cor­ners, includ­ing yours truly, for her sup­port of flawed HR 5, “The Stu­dent Suc­cess Act”.

Cur­ran, like Dun­can, announced her can­di­dacy on April 6th. Curran’s announce­ment includes a video: The Amer­i­can Dream.

Cur­ran is a cer­ti­fied social worker, a wife, a mother of two, was in the Army National Guard and is the founder and pres­i­dent of a non­profit called Shwachman-​Diamond Amer­ica. She’s described her­self an activist on mul­ti­ple fronts includ­ing reli­gious lib­erty and oppos­ing Com­mon Core.

Will pri­mary fever cure the implied ‘estab­lish­ment’ GOP prob­lem?

DM7 small LL1885A.P. Dil­lon resides in the Tri­an­gle area of North Car­olina and is the founder ofLadyLib​er​ty1885​.com.
Her cur­rent and past writ­ing can also be found at IJ Review, Stop​Com​mon​CoreNC​.org, Watch­dog Wire NC

By A.P. Dillon

We’re just a four months into 2015 and already candidates are throwing their hats into the ring for 2016 nationwide and locally.

Here in North Carolina, we’ve got two candidates who launched campaigns this week. Both are running as Republicans and both are vying for seats currently held by Republicans. Perhaps North Carolina has primary fever?

One race is district NC-02, currently held by Congresswoman Renee Ellmers. This is Ellmers’s second primary challenger. Last cycle, she kept her seat by defeating Frank Roche. Ellmers then went on to defeat the Democrat nominee, former American Idol runner-up, Clay Aiken.

Ellmers’s challenger this time is Jim Duncan.  Duncan announced his candidacy on April 6th in various formats including social media and emails with similar opening statements like the one below:

“Jim Duncan of Chatham County announced today that he is a candidate for the 2nd Congressional District seat of North Carolina.  “I’m entering this race because I want to serve the will of the people.  It’s time to listen to their needs, protect their freedoms and unite this district,” said Duncan.  “I do not need to build a new career in Washington DC.  I simply wish to have the honor of representing the citizens in the 2nd district.”  Duncan said upholding the Constitution, attacking the debt, and building a strong America with protected borders will be hallmarks of his campaign.”

Discontent with Ellmers’s positions, coupled with a few botched encounters with constituents might be a recipe for a win for Duncan.  In the coming weeks, I’ll have more on Duncan.

Meanwhile, Rep. Virginia Foxx (NC-05) is seeing a primary challenger in activist Pattie Curran.  Foxx also saw a challenger last cycle, Phillip Doyle.  Foxx has recently drawn fire from all corners, including yours truly, for her support of flawed HR 5, “The Student Success Act”.

Curran, like Duncan, announced her candidacy on April 6th.  Curran’s announcement includes a video: The American Dream.

Curran is a certified social worker, a wife, a mother of two, was in the Army National Guard and is the founder and president of a nonprofit called Shwachman-Diamond America.  She’s described herself an activist on multiple fronts including religious liberty and opposing Common Core.

Will primary fever cure the implied ‘establishment’ GOP problem?

DM7 small LL1885A.P. Dillon resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina and is the founder ofLadyLiberty1885.com.
Her current and past writing can also be found at IJ Review, StopCommonCoreNC.org, Watchdog Wire NC