Another candidate today joined the primary race for Republicans hoping to unseat Rep. Larry Kissell (D-N.C.). Neurosurgeon John Whitley stressed economic issues in his announcement for the 8th Congressional district.
He will face insurance executive Daniel Barry, former Iredell County Commissioner Scott Keadle and former Winston-Salem City Councilor Vernon Robinson in a GOP primary. Potential entrants to the race include businessman Pat Molamphy and state Rep. Justin Burr.
The decennial redistricting process left the 8th district substantially more Republican then it was in 2010 when Kissell won a 2nd term with 53 percent of the vote.
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.