Get to know your North Carolina election candidates

North Carolina early voting started on October 20th and ends on November 5th. The general election takes place on November 8th.

Arnaud Jaegers

North Carolina early voting started on October 20th and ends on November 5th. The general election takes place on November 8th.

Aliyah Walker, Staff Writer

Election day is November 8th, but early voting has already started in North Carolina. Before you vote, read below to learn more about the candidates.


U.S. Senate- North Carolina

– Cheri Beasley (Democrat)

Priorities: Reproductive rights, reform for our criminal justice system, more education funding, expanding the Affordable Care Act and investing in climate-resilient infrastructure.

-Ted Budd (Republican)

Priorities: Second Amendment rights, cutting taxes, eliminating Big Tech corruption, safeguarding elections, standing with law enforcement and securing the border.

-Shannon Bray (Green)

Priorities: Reducing high inflation, lowering taxes for working and middle-class Americans, fighting for Data Privacy, creating compassionate Immigration Reforms and fighting for reproductive rights.

-Matthew Hoh (Libertarian)

Priorities: Reproductive rights, Medicare for all, living wages adjusted for cost of living increases, reducing tax for the working class, the middle class, and small businesses, ending the war on drugs, making voting more accessible for all and creating a humane immigration policy.


U.S. House of Representatives- North Carolina 2nd Congressional District

-Deborah Ross (Democrat)

Priorities: Reproductive rights, lower costs for North Carolinians struggling to afford basic necessities, the Inflation Reduction Act, the expansion of voting access, legal immigration and more border security.

-Christine Villaverde (Republican)

Priorities: Legal immigration, securing the border, reducing the supply of opioid painkillers, lowering tax rates, safe evacuation for Ukrainian refugees, stronger voting laws, personal liberties and freedom of religion.


North Carolina State Senate- District 16

-Gale Adcock (Democrat)

Priorities: Affordable education, accessible healthcare, protecting the environment and strengthening the economy.

-James Power (Republican)

Priorities: Quality education and better spending habits within the government.

-Michael Trudeau (Green Party)

Priorities: Affordable housing, fair taxes, increased teacher salaries, affordable healthcare and increasing the living wage to $22 an hour.

-Dorothy “Dee” Watson (Libertarian)

Priorities: Flexible and accessible healthcare, stronger economic climate and stronger learning environments for students.


North Carolina House of Representatives- District 21

-Guangya “Ya” Liu (Democrat)

Priorities: Affordable healthcare, healthcare issues facing the older generations, protecting the environment, quality education and maintaining a healthy economy.

-Gerald Falzon (Republican)

Priorities: Freedom of speech, protecting 2nd Amendment rights, parental rights in education, conservation of energy through off-shore sources and prioritizing the working class.

-Joshua Morris (Libertarian)

Priorities: Strengthening the foster care system, flexible and individualized assistance in education and withdrawing the ABC system from under the leadership of the government.


North Carolina Attorney- District 10

-Nancy “Lorrin” Freeman (Democrat)

Priorities: Community safety, substance abuse and mental health intervention and helping the formerly incarcerated succeed after prison.

-Jeffrey Dobson (Republican)

Priorities: Ensuring safety within the community, providing knowledgeable advice to his clients and gaining the trust of his community.


Wake County Commission- District 1

-Donald Mial (Democrat)

Priorities: Adequate funding for education, proper funding for public safety and health/human resources delivered for all.

-Chanel Harris (Republican)

Priorities: Affordable housing, the Every Student Succeed Act and the Cares Act.


Wake County Commission- District 2

-Matthew Calabria (Democrat)

Priorities: Enhancing the quality of life in Wake County, affordable housing and strengthening public education and transportation options.

-Mark McMains (Republican)

Priorities: Affordable housing and deferred property tax for senior citizens.


Wake County Commission- District 3

-Cheryl Stallings (Democrat)

Priorities: Expanding economic opportunities, investing in public and mental health, preserving green spaces and creating a healthy and sustainable economy in Wake County.

-Irina Comer (Republican)

Priorities: Lowering taxes and improving public safety.


Wake County Sheriff

-Willie Rowe (Democrat)

Priorities: Reducing crime, restoring trust within leadership and increasing staffing to create safer communities.

Donald Harrison (Republican)

Priorities: Mental health and substance abuse in Wake county, professionalism in the Sheriff’s Office and improving public safety across Wake County.


Wake County School Board- District 9

-Tara Cartwright (Nonpartisan)

Priorities: Improving safety within schools, investing in STEM within schools, advocating for more parental involvement and disputing disadvantageous curriculums in schools.

-Michele Morrow (Nonpartisan)

Priorities: Improving academic success, increasing teacher salaries and building curriculums that would guarantee student proficiency in all subjects.

-Tyler Swanson (Nonpartisan)

Priorities: Helping reconstruct the learning environment after the negative impacts of COVID and addressing staffing shortages.


North Carolina Supreme Court Associate Justice- Seat 3

-Lucy Inman (Democrat)

Priorities: To continue honoring the justice system and protecting the U.S. and North Carolina Constitutions.

Richard Dietz (Republican)

Priorities: To improve the justice system and continue displaying leadership and integrity throughout the courts.


North Carolina Supreme Court Associate Justice- Seat 5

-Sam. Ervin IV (Democrat)

Priorities: To guarantee fair trials based solely on law and facts and to ensure equality within the justice system.

-Trey Allen (Republican)

Priorities: Gaining the trust of the community, deciding cases based solely on law and fact and treating everyone with high regard.


North Carolina Appeals Court Judge- Seat 8

-Carolyn Thompson (Democrat)

Priorities: To decide cases based on law and not on party affiliations or personal beliefs.

-Julee Flood (Republican)

Priorities: To defend the freedoms of all people based on state and federal laws.


North Carolina Appeals Court Judge- Seat 9

-Brad Salmon (Democrat)

Priorities: To bring fairness and equality to the court as a judge through experience and practice.

-Donna Stroud (Republican)

Personal Statement: To bring leadership, honesty and knowledge to all courts.


North Carolina Appeals Court Judge- Seat 10

-Gale Adams (Democrat)

Priorities: To bring fairness and reasonability to the court through previous leadership experience.

-John Tyson (Republican)

Priorities: To defend the freedoms of all citizens based on state and federal laws.


North Carolina Appeals Court Judge- Seat 11

-Darren Jackson (Democrat)

Priorities: To judge cases only on law and facts based on previous legal experience.

-Michael Stading (Republican)

Priorities: To bring a unique perspective to the job based on previous leadership experience.


North Carolina District Court Judge- District 10F, Seat 1

-Jennifer Bedford (Democrat)

Priorities: Advocating for children’s rights and protection, improving the quality of life for North Carolinians and increasing law enforcement’s accountability.

-Asia Prince (Republican)

Priorities: Guaranteeing the scales of justice are balanced and equal for all citizens.


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All information gathered from candidate websites unless otherwise noted.