By DEUCE NIVEN
A Tabor City native who describes himself as “a native son of North Carolina” has filed as a candidate for Congress in the state’s 7th District.
Christopher M. Ward of Sandy Plains Church Road, Tabor City, filed just a day before the Dec. 20 deadline for this year’s March 3 primaries.
A Democrat, Ward will face primary challenges from Mark Angus Judson of Apex and Robert John Colon of Wilmington, the winner to incumbent Republican David Rouzer of Wilmington.
A contentious process redrawing congressional districts across North Carolina has left the 7th to include all of Columbus, Bladen, Brunswick, Pender, Sampson and New Hanover counties and a portion of Harnett.
A graduate of Tabor City High School, a news release announcing his candidacy says, Ward earned a Nuclear Engineering degree from NC State University before going to work in the pharmaceutical industry, travelling across the county and around the globe “while calling NC home.”
He later earned a Masters in Organization Change and Leadership from Pfeiffer University and currently “works to bring new drug products to market in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries,” the news release said. “Mr. Ward in an active business owner in real estate in southeastern NC.”
Ward said his decision to run for Congress came during the recent impeachment hearings of President Donald Trump, although he says “there are a number of characteristics that I admire about Trump, but he used the power of the Presidency for personal gain and to influence the election. That is wrong, and that is why I am running.”
Ward said he is a former Republican “but my views have changed over the years. I consider myself more middle of the road,” adding that “Democrat is not a dirty word.”
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