FAYETTEVILLE — Voters in North Carolina's 7th district will narrow down their choices in the upcoming primary on May 2.
Congressional candidates in the district, which stretches from Fayetteville to Wilmington, will have to confront a variety of issues: the problems facing Native Americans, the farms, the beaches and the military.
Republican candidate Howard Knupp of Oak Island says he would fight to keep soldiers from paying federal income tax.
"If these people are at risk even when they're training, I think it's ridiculous that they should pay part of the cost when they're assuming all of the risk," Knupp says.
Knupp and republican challenger Jim Adams of Fayetteville are both political newcomers. They say they are running becauseRepresentative Mike McIntyrehad no Republican competition the last time.
"I believe that we should have a choice and I believe that choice should be between alternatives, not necessarily just between the same philosophies," says Adams.
Mike McIntyre did have competition in the democratic race. Randy Crow of Wilmington will try again to unseat the incumbent.
Known for his controversial views in foreign and financial affairs, Crow has also run for president.
"I feel that this country is self-destructing. I feel that people want to have confidence in their leaders, that they have been elected on a local basis and all the way through," Crow says.
Mike McIntyre is trying for a third term. The Lumberton lawyer says he is running on his record and will continue focusing on agriculture, education, economic security, and health care.
"We know rural areas are disproportionately affected by cuts in Medicare and Medicaid, and so we are working hard to help health care because that affects everybody," McIntyre says.
Party leaders say McIntyre will be difficult to beat.