By Paul Woolverton
Former N.C. Supreme Court Justice Patricia Timmons-Goodson of Fayetteville filed for the 8th District Congressional seat on Friday.
The district, which runs from Fayetteville to the suburban area north of Charlotte, is currently served by Republican U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson of Concord.
Timmons-Goodson and Democratic Spring Lake physician Naveed Aziz both filed for the 8th District seat on Friday. They would have faced each other in the Democratic primary in March, but late Friday, Aziz announced on Facebook she will not run.
“I have learned that another candidate from Cumberland County is running and I have decided that in the interest of not dividing the Cumberland County Democratic Party in the general election I have decided not to enter the primary,” Aziz wrote.
Timmons-Goodson retired from the state Supreme Court in 2012. She previously served on the state Court of Appeals and as a judge in Cumberland County. Former President Barack Obama appointed her to the United States Commission on Civil Rights in 2014, where she has been the vice-chair.
Hudson has been in office since 2013. He serves on the Energy and Commerce. Prior to serving in Congress, Hudson worked for other House members and was district director for former Rep. Robin Hayes when Hayes served the 8th District.Luxury Retirement HomesAd by The New York Times See More
The Congressional maps were recently revised to meet a court order to end partisan gerrymandering. The map currently has a strong Republican lean, according to analysts, but it’s not as strong a lean as it was before the map was revised.