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Princeton Commissioner considering run for Congress

Longtime Princeton Town Commissioner Walter Martin is considering making a bid for the soon-to-be open U.S. House seat being vacated by Mike McIntyre.

By John Cate, Editor

When U.S. Congressman Mike McIntyre announced on Jan. 8 that he was retiring from his Distict 7 House of Representatives seat and would not seek re-election this November, it opened up a free-for-all that any candidate in the sprawling district might try to fill.

The national establishment of the Republican Party immediately declared that McIntyre's seat would be one of their top targets in the election, noting that 2012 GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney carried the district by 19 percentage points. Nevertheless, McIntyre, a moderate Democrat, had managed to retain the seat by a narrow 654-vote margin over Johnston County Republican David Rouzer, making his first campaign for a national office.

One of several people who are contemplating making a run at McIntyre's seat is Princeton town Commissioner Walter Martin. Martin hasn't formally filed to run yet, and stated in a release sent to the News Leader on Tuesday that he will decide in the near future based on his ability to secure funding and the level of interest in his potential candidacy.

"The North Carolina Congressional Race is one of the races that is being watched around the country and could be pivotal in the balance of power in the Congress," said Martin. "It is my hope history will record North Carolina as the place that sparked the transference of political power back to the people."

Martin, who became the first minority to serve as a Princeton Commissioner when he was elected to the board in 1999, is a Lieutenant with the Smithfield Police Department. Other than his several successful runs for the town board, he was also a candidate for Johnston County Sheriff in 1990. He is also an ordained minister and serves and an Elder at There is Hope Ministries Now, in Micro.

Although Martin is a veteran of several local elections, he says he is not a politician, but only a servant of the people.

"I am not a politician and I do not desire to become one. I am a person who has been willing to be a servant of the people. A politician will never tell you that you are a part of the problem because of irresponsibility and just being plain lazy," he said in his statement. "I know you have heard candidates say they want to go to Washington and fight for the American People. I choose to fight regardless if I never go to Washington. I will fight right here where I am if that is what the people want."

Echoing several other people who are planning to run in this election and in others across the nation, Martin says that the federal government failed the American people and did not do its job during the recession, which many people say is still ongoing despite the claims of government officials.

"We the people of the United States of America sat on our butts for nearly six years while our Federal and State Officials acted like fools playing political games jockeying for power while we struggled through the worst recession since the Depression," Martin said. "None of these people lost their jobs, and some have garnered a great deal of power while citizens all across the country have struggled trying to survive."

There are already a few declared candidates for the seat. Rouzer has said all along that he plans to challenge for the seat a second time. Another declared Republican candidate is Woody White, a 44-year-old Wilmington lawyer and County Commissioner in New Hanover County. On the Democratic side, a second New Hanover Commissioner, Jonathan Barfield, is a declared candidate.

Martin didn't state which party primary he might attempt to enter, but did say that he hoped his candidacy would attract interest from both sides of the aisle.

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