Haugh plans to return as Senate candidate in 2016

Haugh plans to return as Senate candidate in 2016

RALEIGH, NC (WECT) - The 2016 race for U.S. Senate in North Carolina will have a third party candidate. Sean Haugh said Monday he plans to file this week to run as the Libertarian candidate in the race for Sen. Richard Burr's seat in Washington, DC.

Haugh was on the ballot in the 2014 race between incumbent Sen. Kay Hagan and state House Speaker Thom Tillis. He won the Libertarian party nomination by defeating Tim D'Annunzio by a 61-39 percent margin. Haugh received more than 109,000 votes, about 3.7 percent of the votes cast in the General Election race. Tillis won the seat by about 46,000 votes.

"I am running because someone has to speak up for peace at home and abroad," Haugh said in a statement. "Our culture wars now have body counts. Our government must stop its own violent and divisive policies before we can find a political solution to the growing violence in America today."

Haugh took part in the senatorial debate produced by WECT and the League of Women Voters in October 2014, the only forum to include all three candidates for the office. You can see that forum by clicking here: http://bit.ly/1QjAm5L

Sen. Burr (R-NC) has filed to run for re-election, and he will have at least one primary challenger. Paul Wright of Mount Olive has also filed to run as a Republican candidate. As of the close of business Monday, two Democrats have filed to run for the seat. Deborah Ross of Raleigh and Kevin Griffin of Durham are on the list posted by the North Carolina State Board of Elections.

The deadline for candidates to file for the 2016 elections in North Carolina is December 21 at Noon.

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