With filing for the March 2022 primary elections opening in just over two weeks, candidates are staking out their next moves and making announcements for bids for N.C. congressional and state legislative seats.

On Wednesday, state Sen. Valerie Foushee, a Democrat whose district covers Orange and Chatham Counties, announced she’s joining state Sen. Wiley Nickel, Durham County Commissioner Nida Allam and a handful of other Democrats in running for the newly drawn 6th Congressional District seat.

On Thursday, the INDY reported that Jamie DeMent Holcomb, a Hillsborough-based farmer, cookbook author, and former restaurant owner is running the for the newly drawn state Senate seat in District 23 that covers some of Foushee’s old territory, as well as parts of Person and Casewell County.

“I live in and represent rural North Carolina on my farm, but I also have deep ties in the higher ed and tech worlds in North Carolina,” DeMent told the INDY. “I think that my understanding of both spaces can do a lot for this district.”

Also on Thursday, N.C. Rep. Graig Meyer told radio station 97.9 The Hill that he plans to run for the Senate District 23 seat. 

On Friday, Orange County Commissioner Renée Price announced she will join Meyer and DeMent in that race. Then, on Sunday evening, Price, a Democrat, announced she will instead run for the state House District 50 seat “at the urging of a number of friends and supporters.” 

“Being a public servant is exciting and rewarding, and my experience as a county commissioner has provided me with a wealth of information and insight regarding you and the issues that concern you,” Price said in a statement. “As I continue to fight for our humanity and civil rights, I am pleased to announce my candidacy for the office of North Carolina House of Representatives to represent the children, women and men of District 50—which includes much of Orange and all of Caswell Counties.”

“During my tenure as an Orange County Commissioner, I have supported K-12 schools and the community college system, safe and affordable housing, investment in underserved neighborhoods, services for people with mental health and substance use disorders, farmers and small businesses, and climate change mitigation,” Price added. “Yet, more needs to be done to allow all residents access to and benefit from the resources available to fulfill their dreams.”

Also on Friday, Hillsborough Town Commissioner Matt Hughes announced he is running for Meyer’s N.C. state House District 50 seat. 

“We need a new generation of leadership that’s not afraid to lead boldly and think big,” Hughes said in a statement. “This new generation must not only fight against radical Republicans and their attacks on our way of life, including our precious democracy, but push for solutions that will benefit all who call North Carolina home. I’m running because I believe in a North Carolina that lives up to its ideals and is a state where its people are healthier, safer, better educated, and has more money in their pockets.”

Filing opens at noon on Monday, December 6 and lasts through December 17. 


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