The primaries for candidates in the 10th and 11th congressional districts, and for North Carolina Supreme Court Associate Justice, are officially open. The delayed primary is the result of a Feb. 5 federal court ruling in a lawsuit filed by voters in Mecklenburg and Durham counties. That ruling led to all of the state’s congressional districts being redrawn, a task that couldn’t be completed in time for the March 15 general primary. Residents of Buncombe County are represented by both the 10th and 11th congressional districts.
Early voting starts Thursday, May 26, and runs through Saturday, June 4, with no voting during Memorial Day Weekend, May 28-30. You can view a schedule of times and dates here.
In the 10th congressional district there are four Republicans running, including six-term incumbent Patrick McHenry and challengers Jeffrey Baker, Jeff Gregory and Albert Wiley Jr. The only Democrat running is Andy Millard; He will automatically advance to the general election to face the winner of the Republican primary.
The 11th congressional district features two Democrats vying for the chance to take on two-term Republican incumbent Mark Meadows in November. The 11th district democratic congressional candidates are Tom Hill and Rick Bryson.
In next week’s issue, out Wednesday, June 1, Xpress will publish a voter guide featuring questions and answers from all six primary candidates in the 10th and 11th congressional districts.
The North Carolina Supreme Court Associate Justice is a nonpartisan race with four candidates: Robert Edmunds, Sabra Jean Faires, Michael Morgan and Daniel Robertson. The Buncombe County GOP is endorsing Robert Edmunds and the Buncombe County Democratic Party is endorsing Michael Morgan.