Candidates for 3rd Congressional District talk key issues at Greenville Forum

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - Republican Greg Murphy, Democrat Allen Thomas, Libertarian Tim Harris, and Constitution Party Candidate Greg Holt came together at a forum to speak directly to the public on their political plans.
 
Each candidate had a chance to speak about their goals. 
 
Murphy plans to deal with constituent issues that have been on hold. ​ "I think the most important thing is to do is that we reconstitute the office of congressman," Murphy said.
 
Thomas wants to unite all parties. "We need to elect somebody willing to work with everybody—not get caught up in divisive rhetoric," he said.
Holt's plan is to cut spending and said, "Spending is out of control. And I think that's something we need to rein in."  

Harris has a goal to settle the conflicts.   He told WITN that "We are not at peace with the world."
 
When asked about their feelings on our current president, here's what the candidates had to say: Thomas said, “If someone is in accord with what we want in eastern North Carolina, I'm going to work with them. And when they're not, I'm going to stand on the side of eastern Carolina."
 
Holt said, "I did vote for him.” Harris said, "He is a divisive individual who is engaging in divisive language intentionally."

“I think we have a bold president. Sometimes it's a good thing. Sometimes it's a challenging thing," said Murphy

How to deal with gun control is one issue they all agree on and the candidates expressed they’d want to deal with the country's mental health issue.

Early voting and the deadline to request absentee voting is set for August 21. Polls open at 6:30 a.m. The general election takes place on September 10th.

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Candidates vying for the 3rd District Congressional seat are facing off in a debate on Tuesday.

It is from noon to 1 p.m. at the Greenville Convention Center.

Dr. Greg Murphy, who secured the Republican nomination following a runoff last month, Democrat Allen Thomas, Libertarian Tim Harris, and Constitution Party candidate Greg Holt were there.

The candidates are looking to fill the 3rd District seat that Representative Walter Jones previously held. Jones passed away in February after 24 years in Congress.

Early voting starts Wednesday, while election day is September 10th.