Matt Newton

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Matt Newton
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Former candidate for
North Carolina State Senate, District 40
J.D.Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Campaign website
Matt Newton was a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 40 of the North Carolina State Senate.

He was a candidate for the 12th Congressional District of North Carolina.[1] Newton was defeated by Melvin L. Watt in the Democratic primary on May 8, 2012.[2]


Newton earned his bachelor's degree from UNC-Wilmington and his J.D. from Thomas Jefferson School of Law. His professional experience includes working as an attorney and managing partner in the law firm of Newton & Arroyo, PLLC.[3]


Campaign themes


Newton's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[4]

  • Excerpt: "Support a strong public education system, including raising teacher pay;"
  • Excerpt: "Stand up for teachers and working families;"
  • Excerpt: "Promote affordable and accountable healthcare;"
  • Excerpt: "Stick up for the middle class and working poor by tackling the oppressive measures embedded within the General Assembly’s recent tax reforms;"
  • Excerpt: "Modify the laws that obstruct affordable housing and propose legislation that curtails unfairness within the Home Owners Association (HOA) foreclosure process;"



See also: North Carolina State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of North Carolina State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 6, 2014. The general election took place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 28, 2014. Joyce Waddell defeated Nasif Majeed, Matt Newton, Ty Turner and Morris McAdoo in the Democratic primary and was unchallenged in the general election.[5][6]

North Carolina State Senate, District 40 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJoyce Waddell 41.9% 3,244
Nasif Majeed 27.9% 2,163
Matt Newton 13.4% 1,036
Morris McAdoo 10.5% 817
Ty Turner 6.3% 488
Total Votes 7,748


See also: North Carolina's 12th Congressional District elections, 2012

Newton ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent North Carolina's 12th District. Newton sought the nomination on the Democratic ticket. The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run was February 29, 2012. Newton was defeated incumbent Rep. Melvin L. Watt in the May 8, 2012, Democratic primary.[2]

The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in North Carolina in 2012 as one of the 10 states that could have determined whether Democrats would retake the House or Republicans would hold their majority in 2013.[7] North Carolina was rated 8th on the list.[7]

Primary results

The primary took place on May 8, 2012.[8]

U.S. House of Representatives-North Carolina, District 12 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMel Watt 80.9% 52,968
Matt Newton 19.1% 12,495
Total Votes 65,463


Newton is married to Tiffany Arroyo.[3]

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