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Democratic House candidates take aim at Holding

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ROCKY MOUNT — One thing the three Democratic candidates in the 2nd Congressional District all agree on: Republican U.S. Rep. George Holding has to go.

Candidates Linda Coleman, Wendy Ella May and Ken Romley took questions and spoke during a forum Thursday night at Ebenezer Baptist Church.

“Let’s put George Holding on a fast train down South,” said Nash County Democratic Party Chairman Dwight Jordan. He encouraged Democrats not to be Rip Van Winkles and nap through the 2018 election.

In introducing themselves, Coleman, of Wake County, said she grew up in a diverse caring community in Pitt County; Romley, also of Wake County, said he’s a business entrepreneur ready to create jobs; and May, of Johnston County, said she’s an advocate for change and for disabled veterans.

Coleman said her experience as a state legislator makes her the best candidate; Romley pointed to his private sector success and education; and May said she’s been a lobbyist and advocate for 30 years.

“We need new blood in Washington, D.C.,” May said. “Whichever one of the three of us wins the primary needs to make sure George Holding goes home.”

All three candidates knocked Holding for not participating in a public forum in more than six years.

Turning from Holding to President Donald Trump, Romley said the president has committed all sorts of questionable acts; Coleman said Trump’s relationship with Russia puts the U.S. in a tenuous situation; and May said her first job on Capitol Hill will be to seek impeachment.

All three candidates called for common-sense gun control measures, including better background checks.

The winner of the May primary will face the winner of the Republican primary, Holding or Allen Chesser II, and Libertarian Jeff Matemu and independent Timmy Strickland.

The 2nd District includes Nash, Johnston, Wake, Harnett, Franklin and Wilson counties. The forum was moderated by Matt Hughes, second vice chairman of the N.C. Democratic Party.

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