Avery Steimel, left, and Megan Cattrell laugh with volunteers from the Madison County Democratic Party as they hand out information to voters at Mars Hill Elementary on Tuesday. Colby Rabon / Carolina Public Press

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In NC congressional District 10, incumbent Republican Patrick McHenry called the impeachment process “a tremendous waste of time” in September. Last month he voted against the articles of impeachment.

“The articles of impeachment Democrats forced through the House this evening are based on the thinnest record in modern history. They are the result of a rushed process, jammed through a mere 11 months before the next election,” he said in December.

Democratic challenger David Parker, a former prosecutor, said he believes he would have voted in favor of the impeachment resolutions “with a clear conscience.” Parker said he has “tried and convicted many persons of attempting crimes,” and Trump attempted to commit a crime.

“The defenses offered (for Trump), including that the Ukrainians did not know of the pending funds, should be presented as a defense upon the trial of the matter in the U.S. Senate,” Parker wrote to CPP. “The failure of the U.S. Senate to take evidence creates the appearance of improper partisan complicity with the president.”

Two other candidates did not return requests for comment.

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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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