Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich on Wednesday endorsed N.C. Rep. Julia Howard, R-Mocksville, for Congress in North Carolina’s crowded primary competition in the 13th Congressional district.
Howard is one of 17 Republicans running in North Carolina’s 13th. The seat is open due to current 13th Rep. George Holding, a Republican, now running in the 2nd district – a move he announced after North Carolina’s General Assembly redrew district boundaries and relocated the 13th to another part of the state.
The 13th Congressional race is now the state’s most-crowded one on the June 7 ballot, with 17 Republicans and five Democrats.
I had the opportunity to work with Julia (Howard) on welfare reform in the 90’s and was impressed with her honesty, integrity and work ethic.
Newt Gingrich, former U.S. House Speaker
Howard faces Republican candidates Andrew Brock, Chad Gant, Dan Barrett, David Thompson, Farren Shoaf, George Rouco, Hank Henning, state Rep. Harry Warren, Jason Walser, Jim Snyder, state Rep. John Blust, Kathy Feather, Matthew McCall, Kay Daly, Ted Budd and Vernon Robinson.
Holding faces fellow Republican incumbent U.S. Renee Ellmers who currently represents the 2nd district and Greg Brannon, former U.S. Senate candidate.
Ellmers’ main competition in the race before Holding joined – candidate Jim Duncan – ended his campaign after the district maps were redrawn. Before filing in the new 13th, Daly also had plans to challenge Ellmers.
Gingrich announced his support for Howard on Wednesday in a news release.
“I had the opportunity to work with Julia on welfare reform in the 90’s and was impressed with her honesty, integrity and work ethic,” he said.