Republican Paul Wright, longtime judge, running for U.S. Senate

Republican attorney Paul Wright of Mount Olive served 22 years as a judge – first in the District Court, then in the Superior Court.

But in recent years, he has been running for other offices: For governor in 2012, for Congress in 2014, and for U.S. Senate this year.

He’s among three candidates challenging U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., in the March 15 Republican primary.

Wright, 67, could not be reached for an interview. But his campaign website details the issues he plans to raise in his bid for the Senate seat:

▪ Halt same-sex marriage by having the Senate use what he calls its power to enact a law prohibiting federal courts from hearing appeals cases involving such marriages.

▪ Defund Obamacare and Planned Parenthood and end abortion by limiting courts’ jurisdiction in hearing abortion cases.

▪ Defeat the Trans-Pacific Partnership Act favored by President Barack Obama and many Republican lawmakers. At 5,544 pages, Wright says on his website, “it contains more than three times the number of words in the Bible.”

▪ Reform the current federal tax system, “with its Marxist structure penalizing work.”

▪ Push back on the “deChristianization” of America at a time, the website says, when “America is told to give deference, even esteem to false religions, false gods and those who commend them to us.”

Born in Buncombe County, Wright was raised in Haywood County. He served as a District Court judge for Wayne, Lenoir and Greene counties. Then he was elected to the serve in the state’s Superior Courts.

In 2014, Wright was the Republican nominee in the heavily Democratic 4th congressional district. He lost to U.S. Rep. David Price, D-N.C.

Paul Wright

Age: 67

Education: Bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College, law degree from Duke University

Professional experience: Attorney

Political resume: Served 22 years as a judge in state District and Superior courts

Family: A widower, he has six children

Website: wrightforussenate.com