WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Jonathan Barfield, Woody White and David Rouzer are three politicians with three different sets of ideas, but they all say they are happy Mike McIntyre has decided to retire at the end of his term.
"With Mike moving on, and choosing not to run again, this race is a brand new landscape," Rouzer said.
For years the GOP has had their eyes on the 7th Congressional District seat McIntyre has held since 1997, and after Rouzer just missed out on winning the seat in 2012, Republicans feel like 2014 will be their year.
"We need to move in a very different direction, and get back to the conservative principles and the founding principles that made this country great," Rouzer said.
Rouzer will face stiff competition in the Republican primary by New Hanover County Commission Chairman Woody White who hastened his own announcement that he is running in May's Republican primary for Congress.
"The government takeover of the healthcare system is the defining issue of this midterm election," White said. "More importantly for the people of this district is the importance of having a fresh new voice, someone with problem solving abilities and innovative thinking."
Rouzer and White are not running unopposed in their quest for a seat on Capitol Hill.
Barfield tells WWAY that he has the financial backing of the Democratic Party and ideas that differ from his predecessor.
"His stance on some of the current president's initiatives," Barfield said. "As a former sailor, once you're in the Navy, you're always in the Navy. You always support your commander-in-chief. Therefore my goal is indeed to embrace many of the ideals of the Democratic Party as well as all parties to make sure that we're moving forward."
McIntyre still has a year to go on his term before turning over the reigns to whoever wins the mid-term election in November. The candidate filing period for that election runs Feb. 10-28.