The News & Observer’s editorial board did not initially endorse candidates in two area congressional races, the 4th District and the 2nd District. But the opponents of powerful incumbents deserve credit for getting in these races, and both have qualifications that warrant recognition.
In the 4th, the veteran incumbent David Price is a lock. A progressive Democrat, Price has been a respected moderate and a good voice for the district, and his multiple terms testify to the fact that he gets constituent services done, which is a top priority for a member of Congress.
In the 2nd, George Holding, a Republican formerly of the 13th District, moved to run in a newly drawn district because the 13th was moved to the Triad after confusion and gerrymandering and a general mess created by Republicans on Jones Street. In any case, Holding toppled Renee Ellmers of the 2nd in the GOP primary. She, while conservative, apparently was not conservative enough for her district. Holding, a former U.S. Attorney, is seeking a third term as a rock-ribbed Republican.
But bows go to Price’s Republican opponent, business person Sue Googe, and to Holding’s Democratic opponent, attorney John McNeil, for gumption in putting up opposition to incumbents. Democracy is lucky to have them in the race.