Voting should be a primary concern

by Jim Longworth

Primary day is upon us and, although many of this year’s candidates are running unopposed, there are a few intraparty matches, including several Republicans vying for the right to face Rep. Brad Miller, and several Democrats jockeying for the right to face Rep. Virginia Foxx.

There is also much attention on the 31st District NC Senate seat which was vacated by the late, great Ham Horton. There are no Democrats running, so whoever wins the Republican primary will win the seat.

The three GOP combatants are Nathan Tabor, Gloria Whisenhunt and Pete Brunstetter.

Tabor was an also-ran for Foxx’s job last time, and this year he is blasting Brunstetter for helping Democrat Mayor Allen Joines get re-elected.

Brunstetter, meanwhile, is blasting Tabor for not having served in the military, and Whisenhunt is being blasted by Brunstetter for opposing perks for Dell.

Gloria and Pete have both chaired the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners, while Nathan has never held office.

Brunstetter has the best chance of coalition-building in Raleigh, but my sentimental favorite is Whisenhunt because she opposes incentives and annexation.

Of course none of the candidates can ever hope to replace Ham Horton, they can only try and occupy his seat. Ham was a real statesman who never went negative, and never tried to force his own values on others. We can honor his legacy by showing up to vote on Tuesday.

We can honor his service by making an educated choice.

Jim Longworth is host of ‘“Triad Today’” which can be seen Friday mornings at 6:30 a.m. on ABC45 (cable channel 7), and Sunday nights at 10 p.m. on UPN48 (cable channel 14).