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Congressional filing picks up pace

Redistriting map_0219Filing has gotten under way for the June 7 Congressional primary. The filing period ends at noon on Friday, March 25.

The primary was moved from its original March 15 date after a federal judge declared two Congressional districts unconstitutional. The federal judge was expected to issue a final ruling on the newly proposed Congressional district map on Friday, but as of Monday there had been no word with regards to the final ruling.

The newly proposed map has Bladen County divided between the Seventh and Ninth Congressional Districts. The Seventh Congressional seat is currently held by Republican David Rouzer and the Ninth Congressional seat is currently held by Republican Robert Pittinger.

The newly redrawn Ninth district now consists of a portion of Bladen County, a portion of Cumberland County, a portion of Mecklenberg County and all of Robeson, Anson, Scotland, Richmond, and Union counties.

The newly redrawn Seventh District now consists of a portion of Bladen County, a portion of Johnston County and all of Columbus, New Hanover, Brunswick, Pender, Duplin, Sampson and Wayne counties.

As of Monday morning, Dem. J Wesley Casteen has filed seeking election to the Seventh Congressional District seat which is currently held by Republican David Rouzer.

In filings for the Ninth Congressional seat, Dem. Christian Cano has filed for the seat. In the Republican Primary for the Ninth congressional seat, Robert Pittenger filed seeking re-election to his seat and will be joined by fellow Republican Todd Johnson.

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