Dispatches from the trail, December 8, 2015


• Attorney General Roy Cooper, a Democrat who’s seeking his party’s nomination to face incumbent Gov. Pat McCrory, urged members of the General Assembly to follow President Obama’s recommendation and pass legislation barring people on the federal government’s watch list of potential terror suspects from buying firearms. McCrory’s Public Safety Secretary Frank Perry and Senate leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, denounced the suggestion, with Berger’s spokewoman Amy Auth calling it “gun control.”

• State Sen. Joel Ford, D-Mecklenburg, will not challenge GOP incumbent U.S. Sen. Richard Burr in next year’s election. Burr has filed for a third six-year term.

• As expected, former Chatham County Republican Party chairman Jim Duncan has filed in the GOP primary against two-term incumbent U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers in the 2nd Congressional District. Investment adviser Frank Roche, who ran against Ellmers in 2014, also is expected to seek the GOP nomination.

• Republican U.S. Rep. Walter Jones of the 3rd District will face a familiar opponent in his GOP primary: Taylor Griffin, who ran a close race against the longtime incumbent in 2014. Also on the GOP ballot will be computer technician and former Marine Phil Law.

• Incumbent U.S. Rep. Mark Walker, R-6th District, filed for a second term. One potential opponent is Democrat Bruce Davis, a former Guilford County Commissioner who lost in the 2014 Democratic primary for the House seat.

• Dan Blue III, the son of longtime state legislator Dan Blue and who helped lead a resurgence in the Wake County Democratic Party, has filed for state treasurer. Incumbent Janet Cowell is not seeking another term.

• Dr. Nazeed Aviz, a physician who is chairman of the Spring Lake Chamber of Commerce, will run against incumbent state Sen. Ben Clark in the 21st Senate District. Both candidates are Democrats.

• A list of all candidates who have filed statewide is kept and updated here at the State Board of Elections’ website.

Rick Henderson / Editor-in-chief, Carolina Journal

Rick Henderson became editor-in-chief of Carolina Journal in August 2016 after being managing editor of Carolina Journal since April 2009. Before that, he had worked more than...

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