Three Democrats and two Republicans filed as candidates for the Fifth District congressional seat by the deadline of a special filing period ended at noon Friday.
The Republicans are incumbent Virginia Foxx and Pattie Curran and the Democrats are Josh Brannon, Jim Roberts and Charlie Wallin.
Due to recent congressional redistricting in North Carolina, the primary election for congressional seats will be held June 7.
Virginia Foxx was first elected to Congress in 2004, and is running for her seventh term in office.
Foxx was born in New York City and earned a bachelor of art and M.A.C.T. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1968 and 1972 respectively. She earned an Ed.D. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1985.
According to her website, Curran favors leaving public education to the states and local communities. She said that the U.S. Constitution doesn’t include a provision for the federal government to be involved in education
Curran served in the Army National Guard and as executive officer of Guard transportation battalion. She graduated from Louisiana State University with a bachelor of science degree in psychology in 1991. Curran was employed as a social worker.
Josh Brannon, a software developer from the Boone area, lost to Virginia Foxx in the general election in 2014, after defeating Gardenia Henley in a primary runoff.
Brannon is a graduate of the N.C. School of Science and Math and the attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
According to his website, Brannon supports the rights of people over corporations and “for the ability of every American to be represented equally in politics.”
Jim Roberts of Pilot Mountain has a degree in business management and accounting from Surry Community College and graduated from Mount Airy High School.
Roberts is a first-time candidate who served over 20 years in the U.S. Army and owned and operated a pest management company. He was president of the N.C. Pest Management Association and was member of the board of directors of the National Pest Management Association. He was on several organizations in Surry.
Charlie Wallin was born in Mars Hill and moved to Boone in the fall of 1990 to attend Appalachian Staate University, where he majored in political science. He is assistant director of food services at ASU, past president of the ASU Staff council, a past member of the ASU Board of Trustees and a past member of the Watauga County Planning Board and serves on the Parkway Elementary School PTO.
He is Fifth District Democratic chairman and has been active in county and state Democratic Politics. He is a member Watauga County Democrat Party Hall of Fame.