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.
Update May 9, 2018: Incumbent Jonathan Jordan won the Republican slot to face Ray Russell in November.
House District (HD) 93 is all the way in the west of the state, including the beautiful tourist hot spot, Boone, and parts of Ashe and Watauga counties. HD-93 has a population of ~78,737 and is much less diverse than the state average, with over 90% of its residents identifying as white. Although both employment and median income for the district is close to the state average, this masks some quite significant differences from place to place within the district, with some towns having 100% employment whilst others have employment rates of under 70%. This inequality is also reflected in the median household income, which ranges from over $73,000 in Seven Devils to $14,500 in Boone (heavily populated by college students).
This district is represented by Republican Jonathan Jordan, who was elected with 53% of the vote in the last elections and has represented the district since 2010. Learn more about NC HD-93 here and more about its political history here.
In 2018, the Republican nomination for this seat is being contested by the incumbent, Jonathan Jordan and challenger Robert Block. Whichever of them wins the primary will take on Democrat Ray Russell.
Republican Jonathan Jordan has represented the district since 2010 and won the May 8 primary with 79% of the votes. As of May 8, we do not find a campaign website, but his Facebook page is here. He serves on multiple committees in the NCGA and is a partner in the law firm Jordan and Jordan Law Offices PLLC. For more information about his legislative record, check out his entry on Ballotpedia.
Robert Block is the Republican challenger in this district. He is a student at Appalachian State University and he lists his key issues as education, government reform, the environment and tourism. For more information, take a look at his website and Facebook page.
Democratic candidate Ray Russell describes himself as a "businessman, minister, teacher and scientist". He is a computer science professor at Appalachian State University and is known for his work as founder and president of Ray's Weather. Although his website does not currently delve into policy issues, he describes his political principles as, "Listen, Respect, Lead". He has been endorsed by both Our Shot NC and Now or Never NC as well as retired Ashe County Sheriff, James Williams and former Boone Mayor, Loretta Clawson. For more information, check out his website and Facebook page.