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Jonah Gardner
Jonah Gardner (Photo: Jonah Gardner for Congress)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It looks like there will be a Democratic Party primary in southeastern North Carolina next year for Congress after a second candidate threw his hat into the ring to try and unseat the incumbent Republican.

Jonah Gardner, a computer programmer and IT professional, announced his intention to run next year for the 7th District US House seat currently held by Rep. David Rouzer. Kyle Horton, a Wilmington physician, recently announced her plan to run for the seat.

“I am ready to fight on behalf of the 780,480 North Carolinians in the 7th District,” Gardner said in a news release. “In Congress, I will address the issues of the 7th District such as: the 12.5 percent of families living below the poverty line, the 296,000 people that stand to lose their public health insurance, the 93,000 people without health insurance, the 126,190 households that make less than $35,000/year and the 352,715 people over the age of 25 without a college degree. We need a better education system and responsible business incentives so our district can thrive once again. The people in our district know we can do better and I vow to address our issues using data, facts, and a little common sense.”

Gardner, who lives in Wilmington, earned a two-year degree in electronic engineering before starting his career in the information technology field. He went on to teach himself eight programming languages and invented a fitness sensor, according to his news release.

Rouzer, a former state senator from Johnston County, is in the middle of his second term in Congress.

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  • James Last

    Good luck Mr Gardner, let us know how it works out for ya…

  • joeybaggadonuts

    Vote Dr. This guys a shill

  • enlightened discourse

    Why is he even running as a Democrat? He was originally a registered Republican when he finally registered to vote in 2014 for the first time and he has NEVER VOTED in any election. He has also never been involved in any political activity supporting any of the local or national Democrats during any election cycle. Sounds like a possible Republican plant too me.

  • Deborah Simpson

    Is this guy a plant? Registered as a “democrat” in 2014 with NO VOTING RECORD? As a reminder primary AND the general election were held in 2016. Seems suspect to me…..

  • Judy Larrick

    Sorry to hear Mr. Gardner chose to run in a race where the best candidate to unseat Rouzer, Dr. Kyle Horton, has already announced her candidacy. While we need Democrats to step up to unseat Republicans, it doesn’t make sense for them to fight each other in a primary. Dems need candidates to unseat Davis & Lee in the NC Leg. for instance. Dr. Kyle Horton for Congress!

  • guest45

    A typical demo rat, spend, spend, spend, and spend some more, as long as it is not their money, now that we have 2 lib’s and a current RINO , hopefully we will get a true conservative also in the running for this seat.

  • Jeff

    “In Congress, I will address the issues of the 7th District such as: the 12.5 percent of families living below the poverty line, the 296,000 people that stand to lose their public health insurance, the 93,000 people without health insurance, the 126,190 households that make less than $35,000/year and the 352,715 people over the age of 25 without a college degree. We need a better education system and responsible business incentives so our district can thrive once again. The people in our district know we can do better and I vow to address our issues using data, facts, and a little common sense.”

    You will do all of this how? Democrats are great at talking about a problem, throwing money at a problem, but never coming up with a solution short of more governmental intrusion.

    • beachgirl

      What have the republicans done for you lately?

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