No 12th Congressional District candidate lives farther from the district than Republican Paul Wright. The retired judge lives in Mount Olive, 180 miles east of Charlotte.
Wright, 68, may not be familiar to Mecklenburg County Republicans, but he’s no stranger to running for office.
He ran for governor in 2012, for the 4th Congressional District seat in 2014 and for U.S. Senate this year. He finished third in that primary with nearly 87,000 votes, or 8.5 percent of the vote against incumbent Sen. Richard Burr and runner-up Greg Brannon.
For his current race, Wright has filed no campaign reports with the Federal Election Commission. He could not be reached for this article.
Serving as judge
Wright was born in Buncombe County and reared in Haywood County. He was an assistant district attorney in Eastern North Carolina and was a law instructor at Fayetteville State University.
He was later appointed a District Court judge for Wayne, Lenoir and Greene counties and eventually elected to the Superior Court.
Overiding the Supreme Court
Wright doesn’t appear to have a website for his latest congressional bid, but he did for his Senate campaign.
He wants to reverse the legalization of abortion and same-sex marriage. He argues that Congress has the constitutional authority to block Supreme Court decisions.
He would also stop funding the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, and Planned Parenthood, and he would work to defeat the Trans-Pacific Partnership Act favored by President Barack Obama and many Republican lawmakers.
He’s also against the current income tax. “Congress must transform our current oppressive tax system, with its Marxist structure penalizing work,” he wrote. “Must we be forever saddled with the 1913 law?”
Wright also denounces what he calls the “de-Christianization” of America. He points to North Carolina’s first constitution.
“Only responsible taxpayers voted,” he wrote, “and most importantly, all high officials were required to uphold the Christian religion …
“Christians today find themselves disenfranchised. … Our rights and liberties have been taken like candy from a baby.”
Hometown: Mount Olive.
Education: Attended Furman University; graduated from Wheaton College in Illinois; J.D., Duke University Law School.
Family: Widower, six grown children.
Job: Retired judge; practices law.
Politics: Has run for governor, Congress and U.S. Senate.
Worth knowing: As a judge, held court in over 65 counties.