Congressional runoff attracts endorsements

May. 28, 2014 @ 08:13 AM

The Republican Party runoff in the 6th Congressional District is becoming the battle of the dueling endorsements.

On Tuesday, the campaign of Phil Berger Jr. announced that longtime Guilford County Commissioner Linda Shaw endorsed Berger to become the GOP nominee.
“Guilford County needs an experienced representative who can solve problems and deliver results. Phil is the only candidate in the race with a proven track record of action and reform, and that is why I am lending him my full support,” said Shaw, a longtime GOP activist who previously served as an executive member with the Republican National Committee.
Earlier this month, Berger received the endorsement of the congressman he’s seeking to replace, U.S. Rep. Howard Coble, R-6th. Coble announced last fall that he’s retiring after this year at the age of 83 for health reasons.
Meanwhile, Mark Walker’s campaign last week touted the endorsement of longtime Guilford County Sheriff BJ Barnes.
“My decision is based on a simple test,” said Barnes, who has been sheriff for 20 years. “I require my candidate or elected official to be honest, have integrity and a caring attitude about the citizens they want to represent. Of the two people in this runoff, this wasn’t a hard decision. I feel Mark Walker best meets those criteria.”
Walker, a former Greensboro minister, and Berger, the district attorney of Rockingham County, will square off in the July 15 runoff.
The runoff is taking place because neither Berger nor Walker got at least 40 percent of the vote in the nine-candidate GOP 6th Congressional District primary May 6. Berger finished first with 34 percent while Walker came in second with 25 percent.
Either Walker or Berger will face Democratic nominee Laura Fjeld of Orange County in the Nov. 4 general election. Fjeld, a former executive with the University of North Carolina system, bested Guilford County Commissioner Bruce Davis of High Point in the Democratic 6th Congressional District primary.
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The District
The 6th Congressional District covers all or part of 10 counties, including portions of the city of High Point. The counties touched by the 6th Congressional District are: Guilford, Alamance, Durham, Granville, Orange, Caswell, Person, Rockingham, Surry, and Stokes.