While at first, it looked as if there would probably be a June 7th Primary on the Republican side for the 3rd District, but not on the Democratic side, with the end of filing for newly redistricted Congressional Districts and for the Associate Supreme Court Justice seat, we now know that the primaries will be held statewide.
While in the 1st Congressional District, G.K. Butterfield does not have a primary challenge, in the 3rd Congressional District we still have the same two challengers to Walter Jr. on the Republican side as had filed previously, but also an additional candidate has filed to run for the Democratic nomination.
David Hurst, who filed in December to challenge Jones for the seat is now joined by Ernest Reeves, who you may remember for having run for the Democratic Nomination for US Senate in March, finishing fourth among the four candidates with 9.43% of the vote. Greenville residents may also recognize him having run for Mayor in 2013, placing third of three with 6.19% of the vote, or that he also ran for US Senate in 2014 challenging Senator Kay Hagan, again placing third of three with 8.97%. As of the time of this post, Reeves’ website had not been updated to reflect the new candidacy. Under both the old and new districts, Reeves is a resident of the 1st Congressional District, not the 3rd, but is not prohibited from running outside his own district for Congress.
Also on the ballot statewide regardless of party or district will be 4 contenders for State Supreme Court Associate Justice, of whom the top two will compete in the November election. Current Associate Justice Robert H. Edmunds Jr.was to be the first on the Supreme Court to only be subject to a newly-created retention election in November until that law was overturned as being unconstitutional. Edmunds, a Republican will face Sabra Jean Faires, a plaintiff in the case that overturned the retention election, Judge Michael R Morgan (Superior Court Wake County), and Daniel G Robertson. Judge Morgan is a registered Democrat, Faires is registered as Unaffiliated, while Robertson’s party affiliation is unknown at this time.