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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — This fall someone new will win the 7th District seat in the US House of Representatives representing much of southeastern North Carolina.

When Mike McIntyre decided not to run again, it opened the door.

Two fellow Democrats are running, including Walter Martin, a town commissioner in Princeton in Johnston County. Though he seeks the Democratic nomination, he wants to appeal to voters of all parties.

“This political rhetoric really needs to stop,” Martin said. “We need to return to the time whenever ideas mattered, not party affiliation.”

New Hanover County Commissioner Jonathan Barfield is the other Democrat running. He says he has the experience and leadership southeastern North Carolina needs in Washington.

“Everything I’ve in life has prepared me for this moment,” Barfield said. “From being the Board of Realtors president here in 2007 and learning about politics from that standpoint. When I first got elected, when I first became president, I started having breakfasts with our local elected officials from the state as well as local level to understand their issues, and again going to DC back and forth for as long as I have, I’m well equipped. I’ve taken so many leadership courses, I’m a student of leadership.”

On the Republican side, there are three candidates on the ballot for the May 6 primary.

Former state senator David Rouzer of Johnston County hopes the second time is the charm. He lost to the eight-term incumbent McIntyre by fewer than 700 votes two years ago. He says that experience has helped him as he tries to fend off two challengers in the GOP primary.

“When you come that close, there are a lot of things you take a look at,” Rouzer said. “You learn a lot, and I worked very hard in 2013 campaigning all over the district, because you always do your best campaigning in the off year, and worked hard to raise the money we needed to raise to prepare for a very strong battle with Congressman McIntyre and put together the very best team that I could find in the country to run this campaign.”

Chris Andrade says he is not like the other candidates. The veteran from Fayetteville calls himself “a citizen candidate.” He’s largely paying his own way on the campaign trail. Andrade says his three decades of service in the Marine Corps and Army is the sort of leadership Washington needs.

“It’s not about us. It’s not about us in the Congress. It’s not about our gain. It’s about their gain,” Andrade said of his potential constituents. “We’re supposed to be there for them. Just like I was there for my soldiers. And I don’t want to say that the people in the 7th District are gonna be my soldiers, but it’s the same mentality, and I’m gonna represent all of them fairly.”

Woody White is not quite half way through his first term on the New Hanover County Commission, but he has his sights set on a higher calling as he runs for Congress. He says it’s time for a change from business is usual inside the Capital Beltway.

“We need new leadership in Washington. Both parties are failing us right now,” said White, who says he believes even the current Republican leadership in Congress needs to go. “I agree. I think what this country needs is to be put back on the right direction, and that includes our party as well as it does the Democratic Party. Things aren’t working.”

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  • Linda A Mountjoy

    YOU are part of the problem. Typical right-winger who takes every chance (even if it’s irrelevant to the subject at hand) to bash our President, but never any ideas to move us forward. Typical.

  • Erlkoenig

    Linda, I don’t ask for much, just the occasional thanks for footing the cost of your WIC.

  • SouthEastNC

    If I bash Buzz Peterson for being a terrible basketball coach, am I in the wrong even though I would probably be worse? I don’t think so, because I’m not trying to be a basketball coach.

    If I take my car to the shop, and the mechanic does a bad job – I can’t bash him even though I’m not knowledgeable enough about engines to fix the car myself?

  • GuestMan.

    From looking at your posts on here, you should probably have someone making your decisions because I have a lot of doubt that you are capable.

  • Erlkoenig

    The question is will any of these gents take a stand against Obummer’s thugocracy?

    Who decides what’s best for us? Us? Or the government?

  • Guest2020

    We decide with our votes. I hope the voters get smarter than they have been in the recent past.

  • tseug

    Career politicians are cancer masquerading as the cure…….in district 7 we have 4 of them running for the seat of a 5th. Two R’s and two D’s………the result of our vote tallies this November will still be more of the same…….one more dose of cancer masquerading as the cure.

  • jpaul

    Weasel White shames our District and NHC County. His sleazeball politics reminds us of Joe McCarthy.. He crosses the line in his attacks on opponenents and those he disagrees withy. He is not worthy of any public office- his ethics and questionABLE TACTICS SHOULD SHAME US ALL- since White has an arrogance that makes him think he is above reproach. Let us send a message to this political thug- no more Weasel White–Anybody but Woody Weasle White

  • Erlkoenig

    Have you ever asked yourself why it was a Dumocrat that had to admit under oath that he lied about Joseph McCarthy?

  • 9743

    I agree….”IF” Woody is lucky enough to get elected he won’t get too far as a congressman since he has already shown such great disdain for leadership in the house of Representatives, especially Speaker John Boehner and Eric Cantor.

  • Erlkoenig

    Why do you hate on me so much? I thought you libs were open-minded, tolerant people. Why can’t you celebrate my alternative life style? You know, independent, self reliant, employed.

  • guesty

    Why bring me in on this? And for the record, I’m most certainly not a liberal. I believe in paying my own way and don’t look to the government for a paycheck.

  • JSDude1

    Good one, sir (because it’s true).

  • GuestMan.

    I resent you even being associated with me because I don’t think we have one single thing in common on the way we look at things.
    I think he is just so screwed up in the head that he doesn’t know what he is doing and that is why he confused me with you.

  • guesty

    Nowhere in his post does he say guesty. You are just stretching trying to deflect.
    BTW, I don’t want you associated with me.

  • Guest-o-matic

    …the most imaginative handles. Easy to confuse, but the personalities aren’t if you’ve been here for a while.

  • chacoptaco

    i heard last week that former Gov. Mike Huckabee endorsed Woody White. Said he was a good friend for many years and made him sound like he was so wonderful. Why does Mr. White generate so many negative comments? just wondering

  • disgusted

    How about if you bash a guy who was attempting to commit suicide because he failed and didn’t die that day? That’s what you did on Feb 28th (“Man drives into Snow’s Cut”)and then later said you were just being “a smart-alec.”

    Just because you can say it doesn’t make it right. All of us know that, but some of you (like yourself) just don’t give a damn.

    Why don’t climb down off of your hobby horse and address that?

  • SouthEastNC

    It was a bad joke in poor taste. I apologize.

  • Gerry Hicks

    I am not a supporter of any of these candidates… Especially David Rouzer, mainly because he is a Lobbyist. David Rouzer’s lobbying has hurt hard-working North Carolinians while David Rouzer gets rich lobbying. The rest of the guys are mostly the same ole.

  • David Rouzer lobbied to support Ag Jobs Act – a bill that was introduced by Senator Diane Feinstein and Co-Sponsored by Senators
    Sen. Barbara Boxer, Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Ted Kennedy.

    He’s been at this support of amnesty since 2007 and during that time, North Carolina has become a “Press 1 for English” state.

    Not to mention that Eric Cantor is now coming down from Virginia to support Rouzer’s run for Congress. Why does that matter? We need to prevent these birds of a feather from flocking together.

    “…it is well-documented that Cantor is one of the driving forces of
    amnesty.” Cantor is supporting Rouzer, the NC amnesty advocate.

    We can’t afford to send the GOP Establishment candidate to Washington. Time to upset the apple cart and send new blood to get things turned around.

    I’m from Johnston County and I’m NOT voting for Rouzer.

  • SouthEastNC

    I defended you against Linda, but you really think McCarthy did things the right way (and wasn’t a lunatic)?

  • Erlkoenig

    Thank you for the defense. But what do you think McCarthy did wrong?


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