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NC Rep. Nelson Dollar’s GOP primary race gets negative

Rep. Nelson Dollar (R-Wake), senior chair of the House Appropriations committee, presides over a committee meeting at the Legislative Office Building in Raleigh on Wednesday, July 29, 2015.
Rep. Nelson Dollar (R-Wake), senior chair of the House Appropriations committee, presides over a committee meeting at the Legislative Office Building in Raleigh on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. cseward@newsobserver.com

For the first time since he was elected to the legislature in 2004, state Rep. Nelson Dollar will face a Republican primary challenger in his western Wake County district.

Mark Villee, an engineer who owns a home inspection business, has been running TV and radio ads, one of which has already aired on a Raleigh conservative talk radio station.

Villee titled his ads “Change for a Dollar” and calls himself the “clear conservative choice.” He takes aim at Dollar’s role as the top House budget writer, saying he’s supported “millions in wasteful spending.”

The ads also note Dollar’s opposition to overhauling Medicaid. While he opposed the model the legislature ultimately approved last year, he’d proposed an alternative plan to reform Medicaid and reduce costs.

Dollar fired back with a TV ad of his own this week. It opens with a black-and-white photo of Villee and an ominous narration: “Mark Villee is desperate. So desperate he’s lying about Nelson Dollar’s record.”

“Our friend Nelson Dollar is a proven conservative,” the narrator continues. “Nelson Dollar is eliminating government waste, balancing our state budget, and growing our economy.”

Watch both ads below:

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