Election signs on display in front of the West Asheville Public Library on Tuesday, March 15, 2016. Colby Rabon / Carolina Public Press

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In NC congressional District 6, incumbent Republican Mark Walker announced in December he would not defend his post. He voted against impeachment in December and said the process was the culmination of a three-year effort to unseat President Donald Trump since he won the 2016 election.

District 6 has substantially been redrawn and has attracted candidates from both major parties in 2020.

Democrat Rhonda Foxx said she would have impeached Trump because his actions merited it.

“Every member of the House that voted to impeach the President was left with no choice but to do so,” she told Carolina Public Press.

“I know that moving any vote forward takes experience and leadership. I applaud Speaker Nancy Pelosi for being able to bring us to this moment and rally support in the House to do the right thing and put people over politics.”

Democrat Kathy Manning said the facts have become clear in the past few months.

“Our representatives in Congress have taken an oath to uphold the Constitution and protect our country from all enemies, foreign and domestic,” Manning wrote.

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“With their decision to proceed with Articles of Impeachment, House Democrats are upholding that oath. The evidence is clear: President Trump has committed an impeachable offense, and I strongly support impeaching him.”

Republican Laura Pichardo said she would not have impeached Trump.

“We as a country are $43 trillion in debt,” Pichardo wrote to CPP. “We should not be providing foreign aid to any country until we have paid off our debt.”

“The impeachment process is created drama to try to put Nancy Pelosi in the White House as a vice president.”

(Note: In the process outlined in the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, whoever becomes president after an impeachment nominates a vice president, who then takes office after a confirmation vote in both houses of Congress.)

Other candidates in the race did not respond to a request for comment.

To return to the main impeachment article, please click here.

Editor’s note: This article has been updated to include a response from Rhonda Foxx that CPP did not receive in time for inclusion in the original article.


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Kate Martin

Kate Martin is lead investigative reporter for Carolina Public Press. Email her at kmartin@carolinapublicpress.org.

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