Former mayor joins congressional race
By Ginger Livingston
The Daily Reflector
Thursday, March 7, 2019
Former Greenville Mayor Allen Thomas is joining the race for the 3rd Congressional District seat once held by the late U.S. Rep. Walter Jones Jr.
About 25 people gathered at the South Greenville Recreation Center on Thursday to hear Thomas’ announcement. He joins four other Democrats who have filed for the seat.
“I am not running for Congress, I am running for eastern North Carolina,” said Thomas, who started his speech by describing himself as a “proud son of eastern North Carolina.”
Thomas said his top priority if elected would be to find ways to mitigate the damage eastern North Carolina has sustained due to repeated hurricanes and flooding.
Thomas served three terms as Greenville’s mayor before resigning in mid-2017 to take the position of executive director of the North Carolina Global TransPark.
He said Thursday he will step down from the position to run.
Eighteen candidates had filed for the race as of Wednesday, including members of the Constitution and Libertarian parties. Several others had announced their intention to run or have filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission but had not filed the required notice of candidacy with the state elections board.
The candidates include Shannon W. Bray, a Libertarian from Apex; Greg Holt, a Constitution party candidate from New Bern; Republicans Paul Beaumont of Shawboro, Graham Boyd of Wake Forest, Chimer Davis Clark Jr. of Morehead City, Gary Ceres of Greenville, Celeste Cairns of Emerald Isle, Jeff Moore of Raleigh, Greg Murphy of Greenville, Phil Law of Jacksonville, Michele Nix of Kinston, Joan Perry of Kinston, Phillip Sheppard of Jacksonville and Michael Speciale of New Bern; and Democrats Ike Johnson of Jacksonville, Richard Bew of Newport, Ernest Reaves of Greenville and Dana E. Outlaw of New Bern.
The filing period ends at 5 p.m. on Friday.
Gov. Roy Cooper has set the party primary election for April 30. Early voting for the primary begins April 10.
The winners of the party primary will face off on July 9 for the right to succeed Jones, who died on Feb. 10.
This story will be updated.
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