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McIntyre Running For Fourth Term Representing Seventh District

Posted October 31, 2002

— Election watchers believe U.S. Congressman

Mike McIntyre

will win Tuesday's election by a landslide. McIntyre, who represents North Carolina's

7th district

, said he is still taking his competitors seriously.

Fayetteville businessman James Adams, a Republican, and Libertarian David Brooks of Jacksonville hope to unseat McIntyre, who is running for a fourth term in Washington, D.C.

"Our number one issue is jobs, jobs, jobs," McIntyre said.

The Democrat has developed a 20-point plan to help with unemployment and job opportunity. He has three priorities in his plan.

The 46-year-old says a tobacco buyout will help the agricultural economy. With North Carolina tourism now ranked sith in the nation, he wants to work on the coastal economy by rebuilding beaches and improving the Wilmington port. The Lumberton attorney thinks the creation of a Southeast Crescent Authority will also help.

"This is a federal focus on the jobs and economic development for the seven southeastern states that are the last great areas of the country that have not ever had a federal focus on jobs, and leveraging federal, state and local funds to create jobs. It creates business entrepreneurship opportunities and works with minority businesses," McIntrye said.

Brooks said he is relying on his

Web site

to get his message out.

The flight simulator technician agrees with McIntyre that the economy is the biggest issue facing the district. He believes civil liberties also need to be restored.

"I'd like to roll back the clock on civil liberties. I think they've eroded over time," Brooks said. "They are pretty well established in the Constitution. I think if we head back in that direction, we'll be back to where they need to be."

District 7 covers nine counties, including a large portion of Cumberland County.

Republican James Adams did not return WRAL's requests for an interview.


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