Home jxqqorvrHarris wont run in 9th District redo election
Harris wont run in 9th District redo election

Harris wont run in 9th District redo election

first_img “While few things in my life have brought me more joy than getting to meet and know the people of this incredible part of North Carolina, and while I have been overwhelmed by the honor of their support for me as the Congressman-elect of NC-9, I owe it to Beth, my children and my six grandchildren to make the wisest decision for my health,” Harris said in the statement. “I also owe it to the citizens of the Ninth District to have someone at full strength during the new campaign. It is my hope that in the upcoming primary, a solid conservative leader will emerge to articulate the critical issues that face our nation.”Harris led Democrat Dan McCready by 905 votes after November’s election, but the NC Board of Elections decided not to certify the race due to challenges and questions about absentee ballots in Bladen County.On the fourth day of the board’s evidentiary hearing last week, Harris wrapped up his testimony by saying he believed a new election should be held. A short time later the board unanimously agreed.Related Article: Cooper vetoes latest voter ID legislationNo date has yet been set for the new election, which will go all the way back to the primary process, but McCready has said he will run.Harris endorsed Union County Commissioner Stony Rushing for the seat.“Stony, from my observation, along with his wife Anne-Marie, have served Union County effectively through the years,” Harris said. “His background and his experience have proven him to stand firm on so many of the issues that concern us, including the issue of life, our national security, and religious freedom. I hope that those who have stood with me will strongly consider getting behind Stony Rushing.”In a statement, NCGOP Chair Robin Hayes said the party supports Harris’s decision.“The most important thing for him to address is his health,” Hayes said in the statement. “This has been a grueling process for all involved, and we unequivocally support his call for a new election. There are numerous quality candidates that are discussing a run and although the Party will not be involved in a primary, we have no doubt that a competitive nominee will emerge.”Yesterday former Gov. Pat McCrory said he will not run for the 9th District seat. It is still unclear who else may run.Meanwhile investigators continue to look into whether any criminal charges could be filed. The ballot controversy centers around McCrae Dowless, a Bladen County political operative accused of harvesting absentee ballots on behalf of Harris during last year’s election. Investigators are also seeking phone and bank records.The 9th District seat is one of two open US House seats in North Carolina. The 3rd District seat has been vacant since the death of Rep. Walter Jones earlier this month.Read Harris’s full statement:Over the last several days, I have had the privilege of hearing from so many people who have stood with us, cared for us, and who have asked how they can pray for us. In my response to them I have simply said to pray for wisdom and discernment as we make decisions concerning my health situation, the new election in Congressional District 9, and where we go from here.After consulting with my physicians, there are several things that my health situation requires as a result of the extremely serious condition that I faced in mid-January. One of those is a necessary surgery that is now scheduled for the last week in March. Given my health situation, the need to regain full strength, and the timing of this surgery the last week of March, I have decided not to file in the new election for Congressional District 9. While few things in my life have brought me more joy than getting to meet and know the people of this incredible part of North Carolina, and while I have been overwhelmed by the honor of their support for me as the Congressman-elect of NC-9, I owe it to Beth, my children and my six grandchildren to make the wisest decision for my health. I also owe it to the citizens of the Ninth District to have someone at full strength during the new campaign. It is my hope that in the upcoming primary, a solid conservative leader will emerge to articulate the critical issues that face our nation.Over the course of campaigning in the district, I met and got to know one such leader, Union County Commissioner Stony Rushing. Stony, from my observation, along with his wife Anne-Marie, have served Union County effectively through the years. His background and his experience have proven him to stand firm on so many of the issues that concern us, including the issue of life, our national security, and religious freedom. I hope that those who have stood with me will strongly consider getting behind Stony Rushing.Through the challenges of life, Beth and I continually place our trust in God, and we both know He holds the future in His Hands. Please stay engaged, for it is our civic duty to do so.Again, it has been an honor to have your love, support, encouragement, and prayers each step of our journey together. Over the next few weeks as I continue to gain strength for surgery, I want to respect my family’s desire for privacy and I will not be doing interviews.Sincerely,Mark Harris WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The man who had the most votes in the disputed race for North Carolina’s 9th US House district will not run when the election is done over later this year.In a statement, Republican Mark Harris cited ongoing issues with his health, including surgery scheduled for late March, as a main factor in his decision not to run again.- Advertisement – last_img

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