Tuesday, April 15 2014 10:51 PM EDT2014-04-16 02:51:11 GMT
A dog that was rescued from euthanization two weeks was shot and killed Sunday afternoon by a Sheriff's Deputy after the dog attacked three people, including its owner and the officer. It wasn't the firstMore >>
A dog that was rescued from euthanization two weeks was shot and killed Sunday afternoon by a Sheriff's Deputy after the dog attacked three people, including its owner and the officer.More >>
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – A recipient of the Purple Heart is taking a step into politics, and challenging one of North Carolina's longest serving members of Congress.
Jason Thigpen filed a "Statement of Organization" Monday with the Federal Elections Commission to run for the District 3 House seat held since 1995 by Republican Rep. Walter B. Jones of Farmville. The District runs through parts of New Hanover and Pender Counties after being redrawn in 2011 by the North Carolina General Assembly. Click here to see a map of the state's Congressional Districts.
On October 31st, Thigpen changed his political affiliation from Republican to Democrat. A statement on his campaign website explained the reasons for the decision. Part of it reads as follows:
"After discussing it with my wife and family, I've decided to run as a Democrat rather than a Republican. I simply cannot stand with a Party where its most extreme element promote hate and division amongst people. Nothing about my platform has, nor will it change. The government shutdown was simply the straw that broke the camels back. I guess being an American just isn't good enough anymore and I refuse to be part of an extremist movement in the GOP that only appears to thrive on fear and hate mongering of anyone and everyone who doesn't walk their line."
Click here to read Thigpen's entire statement on switching affiliation.
According to his website, Thigpen served six years in the U.S. Army, with his most recent deployment in Iraq from December 2008 to January of 2010. Thigpen received the Purple Heart in October of 2011 for wounds he received during that deployment. He then returned to finish his education and graduated from UNC Wilmington in May 2013 with a degree in Business Finance.
This will be the first political campaign for Thigpen, who lists a Jacksonville address for his campaign committee "Thigpen for Congress". Background on his website says Thigpen, 35, grew up in Wilmington since the age of 12.
Wednesday, April 16 2014 12:40 AM EDT2014-04-16 04:40:32 GMT
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Candidates running for seats in both chambers of Congress met in Wilmington on Tuesday night, just three weeks before primary election day in North Carolina. The Lower Cape FearMore >>
Lowering the national debt, preserving national security, and the role of government were some of the issues on the table as candidates for U.S. House and Senate met in front of a crowd Tuesday night in Wilmington.More >>
Tuesday, April 15 2014 1:06 PM EDT2014-04-15 17:06:17 GMT
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Seventh Congressional GOP candidates David Rouzer and Woody White are trumpeting their fundraising efforts as their primary campaigns head toward the May 6 primary election. Rouzer,More >>
Seventh Congressional GOP candidates David Rouzer and Woody White are trumpeting their fundraising efforts as their primary campaigns head toward the May 6 primary election.More >>
Monday, April 14 2014 4:43 PM EDT2014-04-14 20:43:05 GMT
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A legislative task force has made some recommendations to the entire General Assembly for overhauling teacher compensation in North Carolina. But several educators on the panel areMore >>
Members of a legislative task force on Monday made recommendations about raising pay for North Carolina's public school teachers. But, several educators on the panel are not happy about what was said.More >>
Monday, April 14 2014 8:20 AM EDT2014-04-14 12:20:06 GMT
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Taylor Griffin once worked with some of the most powerful people in Washington, DC. Now the former Bush and Helms staffer wants to go back to the nation's capitol, as a memberMore >>
Taylor Griffin has worked in the political world for years. Now he is making his first try at winning an elected office for himself, running as a candidate in the Third Congressional District and challenging Rep. Walter B. Jones. More >>
Saturday, April 12 2014 1:11 PM EDT2014-04-12 17:11:13 GMT
RALEIGH, NC (WECT) – A preliminary review from analysts at the N.C. General Assembly claims a film-industry sponsored report released last week incorrectly concluded that the state's film incentives createMore >>
A preliminary review from analysts at the N.C. General Assembly claims a film-industry sponsored report released last week incorrectly concluded that the state's film incentives create positive returns.More >>
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