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North Carolina Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry, whose name is on a certificate in every elevator in the state. (The Elevator and Amusement Device Bureau falls under her purview.)
Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, the son of former Rep. Sue Myrick, R-N.C.
Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler, whose ties to farm industry could help him.
There are four freshmen House members from North Carolina. So the next likely opening will come after either Democratic Rep. David E. Price or Republican Reps. Virginia Foxx and Walter B. Jones, retire.
“David would bring in a who’s who of Democratic politics because he’s in the Triangle,” one Republican operative said of his 4th District seat, based in Raleigh. “That list would be deep and wide.”
Potential Price successors include state Sen. Eric Mansfield, and state House Minority Leader Larry Hall.
GOP operatives said Republicans who could take a look at Foxx’s 5th District seat include state Sen. Peter Brunstetter and former state Rep. Mark Hilton.
Republican operatives also rattled off a long list of candidates who could run to succeed Jones in the 3rd District. They include state Rep. Susan Martin and state Sens. Bill Cook and Andrew Brock, a former campaign manager for Jones’ campaign. Two conservative radio talk show hosts were also mentioned as potential candidates: Henry Hinton and Lockwood Phillips.
Farm Team is a weekly state-by-state look at the up-and-coming politicos who may eventually run for Congress.