UPDATED: Pender County resident Will Stewart, who owns a small computer repair company and has never run for elected office, plans to challenge U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan in a Democratic primary in 2014.
On his campaign website, the Hampstead Democrat refers to himself as “just an average guy running for Senate.” He notes that he has always refused to compromise his ethical values for monetary gain. “Congress needs more members who prioritize the direction of society over personal gain,” he says on the site. “It is time to elect a real person, who cares about others and is not out of touch with the daily struggle of ordinary people.”
Stewart filed a statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission earlier this month and said in a phone interview he plans to start raising money soon. According to his biography, he worked in the construction industry until the housing market collapsed. He started his computer repair business, Will’s Computer Services, in 2008. He said he’s never charged anyone more than $40 for a computer repair and never made more than $50,000 a year.
“I think that North Carolinians are ready to see someone who’s lived paycheck to paycheck actually run for office,” Stewart said.
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He is the only known Democrat challenging Hagan in a primary.