Carolina Journal‘s Dan Way reports on the latest the vacant 3rd U.S. Congressional District seat that will be filled July 9 special election:
The elections board determined the order of candidates on primary and general election ballots 15 minutes after candidate filing ended Friday at 5 p.m.. The letter Z was pulled in a drawing of letters. Then a coin flip determined names would be listed in reverse alphabetical order starting with Z. Here’s how the candidates will appear on the ballot:
- Democrats — Allen Thomas of Winterville; Ernest Reeves of Greenville; Dana Outlaw of New Bern; Isaiah Johnson of Jacksonville; Gregory Humphrey of Beulaville; and Richard Bew of Newport.
- Republicans — Michael Speciale of New Bern; Phillip Shepard of Jacksonville; Eric Rouse of Kinston; Joan Perry of Kinston; Michael Payment of Grandy; Michele Nix of Kinston; Gregory Murphy of Greenville; Jeffrey Moore of Raleigh; Philip Law of Jacksonville; Francis De Luca of Cary; Donald Cox of Belhaven; Chimer Clark of Morehead City; Gary Ceres of Grenville; Celeste Cairns of Emerald Isle; Samuel Boyd of Wake Forest; Paul Beaumont of Shawboro; and Kevin Baiko of Moyock.
- Constitution — Gregory Holt of New Bern.
- Libertarians — Timothy Harris of New Bern, and Shannon Bray of Apex.
Candidate filing for the 9th U.S. Congressional District runs Monday through Friday. The elections board set the date for that special election for Sept. 10, with a primary on May 14.
Results of the Nov. 6 election weren’t certified as evidence arose of widespread absentee mail ballot fraud and other election irregularities. The Rev. Mark Harris, a Republican, unofficially led Democrat Dan McCready by 905 votes. McCready and Libertarian Jeff Scott said they will run again in the new election. Harris bowed out after an elections board evidentiary hearing into the election crimes.
A drawing will be held at 5:15 p.m. March 15, to determine candidate order in the 9th District race. It will be streamed on Facebook Live on the State Board’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/NCSBE/.