Third party candidates seek congressional seats
By Ginger Livingston
The Daily Reflector
Sunday, August 25, 2019
GREENVILLE — The special election for the 3rd Congressional District seat has been dominated by the Democratic and Republican candidates, both Greenville residents, but two third-party candidates from New Bern also are on the ballot.
Tim Harris, a small business owner and information systems engineer, is running under the Libertarian Party banner while Greg Holt, a retired businessman, is part of the Constitution Party.
“I am more an an old-school, hard-core Republican,” Holt said last week during a forum sponsored by the Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce. “I feel like we need more self-reliance, we ought to be living in a world with less taxes, less burdensome laws and regulations.”
At the same event, Harris described himself as, “the only peace, prosperity and justice candidate sitting on this stage.”
Harris said that since World War II, the United States government has been on “a war footing." He would work to remove the country from its current overseas military commitments and to remind Congress that the true cost of war in human lives.
He said the United States is on the verge of “taxing and tariffing” itself out of existence.
“We need someone willing to stand for trade,” Harris said, so local soybean growers can sell their crops.
He also believes the nation needs to end its war on drugs and reform its justice system.
On his campaign’s Facebook page, Harris said Congress already has “plenty of lawyers, doctors, real-estate heirs and retirees. What we need are engineers and fixers.”
“We need people who can see the moving parts and assess the failing processes and fix our broken government,” Harris said. “Solving our problems and seizing our opportunities will take thinkers and doers, not just talkers.”
Holt said he supported President Donald Trump in the 2016 election and continues to support him because business has prospered under his administration.
On his website Holt said he wants to abolish the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Department of Education.
He opposes a mandatory minimum wage.
“Government does not create jobs, only business and companies do but government can hinder companies from hiring,” Holt’s website states. “Government does that by creating unnecessary regulations.”
Holt also believes English should be the official language for all government business.
He also believes there should be a moratorium on immigration to the United States and children of undocumented immigrates should not be given citizenship rights if they are born in the United States.