The GOP contest for North Carolina’s 7th Congressional District was a three-candidate game – but the real battle played out between front-runners David Rouzer and Woody White. Rouzer scooped up victories in ten of the twelve counties.
On the Democratic side of the ticket, Jonathan Barfield captured the nomination but with just six counties.
After a long battle in the primaries, the Seventh Congressional District—that stretching from Wilmington to the Raleigh suburbs--is down to one Republican contender for the U.S. House seat being vacated by Democrat Mike McIntyre. Former state senator David Rouzer of Johnston County won more than fifty-three percent of the vote last night, beating Woody White, chairman of the New Hanover County Commission, and Chris Andrade, a Fayetteville military veteran.
David Rouzer, a native of Johnston County and former State Senator, is battling Woody White, also a former State Senator and current county commission chair, for the Republican nomination in North Carolina’s 7th Congressional District.
Throughout recent legal battles concerning New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger’s fitness for public office, mental health has been a central topic. At a news conference last week, Commission Chairman Woody White said the commission had heard nothing from Berger regarding whether he needed or had received mental health counseling. White cited Berger’s incoherent emails, conspiracy fixations and erratic behavior as grave concerns that responsible leaders could not ignore.
The future of New Hanover County is bright says Commission Chairman Woody White. Unemployment is declining, collaboration with the City of Wilmington and the beach towns is expanding, and the County just landed a coveted triple-A bond rating.
Listen here for the exchange between White and Berger.
Embattled New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger is likely on his way out.
Chairman Woody White called for Berger’s resignation last month after a series of actions over the last several weeks by Berger that alarmed the Board – including the public accosting of Governor Pat McCrory during a ceremony at Cape Fear Community College.
The Board voted last night to censure Berger and to file an amotion. Just before the vote, Commissioner Thomas Wolfe castigated Berger for refusing to step down.
" I think the best you could do is resign. You’ve brought shame and dishonor upon this council. And I'm mad about it and I don't want to put up with it anymore."
Brian Berger interrupted, saying, "We're going to have to disagree on that, and..."
Thomas Wolfe fired back.
"Well, of course we are. You can't see where you've done anything wrong. You think you're a white knight on a shining horse. Well, I got news for you Mr. Berger. You're not. You're a disgrace. Do the community the right thing. Stand up like a man and resign."