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Two sign up to challenge Jones in NC3 GOP primary

Taylor Griffin filed Wednesday to challenge incumbent Rep. Walter B. Jones in the Third Congressional District. (Source: Taylor Griffin for Congress) Taylor Griffin filed Wednesday to challenge incumbent Rep. Walter B. Jones in the Third Congressional District. (Source: Taylor Griffin for Congress)
Phil Law, a former Marine from Jacksonville, has filed to challenge incumbent Congressman Walter B. Jones in the Third Congressional District GOP primary election. (Source: www.law4congress.com) Phil Law, a former Marine from Jacksonville, has filed to challenge incumbent Congressman Walter B. Jones in the Third Congressional District GOP primary election. (Source: www.law4congress.com)
RALEIGH, NC (WECT) -

Two men have signed up to challenge veteran Congressman Walter B. Jones (R-NC3) in the March 15 Republican primary election.

Taylor Griffin filed at the State Board of Elections on Wednesday. Griffin ran against Jones in 2014, coming up short in the GOP primary by less than 3,000 votes. Griffin worked in the Treasury Department under former President George W. Bush and staffer on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He lives now in New Bern, and runs a public policy consulting firm.

“I’ve received an incredible outpouring of support since I declared my candidacy in July,” Griffin said in an email news release. “Meeting the challenges our nation faces will require fresh ideas and bold action guided by conservative principles. Instead of returning a career politician to Washington for a twenty-second year, it’s time to elect a new generation to represent eastern North Carolina.

Phil Law of Jacksonville also filed as a candidate in the Third Congressional District. According to his website, Law is a former Marine who saw combat missions in Iraq. He now works as a computer technician for a defense contractor.

“I’m running for Congress because I care about the future of my children and yours,” is a statement attributed to Law on his campaign website. “We can’t go on building more and more bureaucracy like Obamacare, we can’t keep kicking the can down the road with regard to the national debt, and we can’t destroy the free market economy that made America unique and great.”

Jones is a ten-term member of Congress from Farmville. After defeating Griffin in the 2014 primary, Jones defeated Democratic challenger Marshall Adame by a 67-33 percent margin. Jones’ campaign has not said when he plans to file for re-election.

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