More challengers are launching campaigns in North Carolina's congressional elections next year. In U.S. Rep. David Price’s 4th District that includes parts of Wake, Durham and Orange counties, two new candidates have filed with the Federal Elections Commission recently to challenge the Chapel Hill Democrat.
Steve Von Loor is the second Republican to enter the race – joining Lee Brian. He was appointed by then-Gov. Pat McCrory to the Governor's Council on Hispanic/Latino Affairs and also serves as second vice chairman for the Republican National Hispanic Assembly. He and his wife own a company that offers translation services.
Price also has his first Democratic primary challenger: Richard Watkins, the CEO of The Science Policy Action Network, Inc. He lives in Durham and has a doctorate from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s School of Medicine in Microbiology and Immunology; he also played football for Fayetteville State University as an undergraduate.
- In the 5th District, two Republicans have joined the two Democrats – Jenny Marshall and Denise Adams – who are challenging incumbent GOP Rep. Virginia Foxx of Banner Elk. Cortland Meader is a cardiovascular invasive specialist in Winston-Salem, according to his campaign website, which also includes proposed health-care legislation. The second Republican is Matthew Vera of Kernersville, a running coach whose website is titled “Coach Vera 4 Congress.”
- In the 6th District, Republican U.S. Rep. Mark Walker of Greensboro now has three Democratic challengers – Ryan Watts, Margot Horney and Gerald Wong.
- In southeastern North Carolina’s 7th District, Republican Congressman David Rouzer also has three Democratic challengers – Kyle Horton, Jonah Gardner and Brandon Acker.
- In western North Carolina’s 10th District, Republican Congressman Patrick McHenry has two Democrats and three Republicans seeking to unseat him. Democrats Kenneth Queen and David Brown and Republicans Ira Roberts and Seth Blankenship have all filed with the FEC.
- Also in the west, 11th District Republican U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows has drawn two Democrats, Scott Donaldson and Phillip Price, and Republican Christopher Money.
- In the 12th District, Republican Paul Bonham has filed to run against incumbent Democratic Rep. Alma Adams of Charlotte.
So far, no challengers have filed against Reps. G.K. Butterfield, Richard Hudson and Ted Budd.