We'll focus on one of our selected districts each day this week, introducing the candidates who have filed and providing some background info about the area. Stamp NC Blue does not endorse candidates.
Updated May 9, 2018: Terence Everitt won the Democratic primary and incumbent Chris Malone won the Republican slot to face each other in November.
We're moving inland from the northern coast to Wake County and the metro Raleigh area. NC House District (HD) 35 includes Raleigh, Knightdale, Zebulon, Wendell, Rolesville, and Wake Forest. Its population is ~79,200, with a racial composition of 71.4% white (higher than the state average), 15.7% African American (lower than the state average), 8.4 % Hispanic, and 4% Asian and mixed race people. The median income of $69.6K is high compared to NC as whole. Employment also is fairly high at 66%, with the leading occupations in management, administration and sales. the educational level also is higher than the state average, with 51% of adults having more than a high school diploma. This is a relatively white, well-educated, and financially well-off part of NC, though there are areas within the district that don't fit that description. Voters have supported the Republican incumbent, Chris Malone, since his narrow victory in 2012. Learn more about NC HD-1 here and more about its political history here.
This is a hotly contested seat for 2018, with two Democrats, two Republicans and a Libertarian having filed. Everitt won the Democratic spot with 82% of the vote; Malone won with 54%.
Democrat Adam Wright is a small businessman from Wake Forest who describes himself as a "Bull Moose Progressive" committed to moderation and putting district, state and country over party. On his Issues page, he supports wind & solar energy, common sense regulatory reform, fair electoral maps, an independent judiciary and increasing teacher pay. He also supports the Second Amendment and "only the most sensible of gun reforms." Campaign website, Facebook page.
Democrat Terence Everitt also lives in Wake Forest, where he is a self-employed lawyer working with small businesses. His top issues are investing in public education, raising teacher pay, working for the environment and clean energy, fostering small businesses, and supporting Medicaid expansion. Everitt is endorsed by Our Shot NC. Campaign website , Facebook page.
Chris Malone is the Republican incumbant. His Issues page details the positions and legislation he's supported around health and human services (he's chair of that House Appropriations Committee); jobs and the economy; education; taxes; right to life; and the Second Amendment. He lists endorsements from the Wake County Sheriff and Professional Firefighters. See his legislative history here. Campaign website, Facebook page.
Republican Isaac Burke is challenging Malone in the primary. From his Issues page, he opposes abortion and same-sex marriage and supports the Second Amendment, HB2, workers, small businesses, reduced regulation, tax cuts, and education. Campaign website, Facebook page.
Libertarian Michael Nelson has filed as a candidate: Campaign website.
Enjoy a few photos of the area, and check back tomorrow to continue our trip across the state!