Paul Wright

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Paul Wright
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Former candidate for
U.S. House, North Carolina, District 4
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
North Carolina Superior Courts
High schoolClyde A. Erwin High School
Bachelor'sWheaton College
J.D.Duke Law School
Place of birthBuncombe County, NC
Campaign website
Paul Wright was a 2014 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 4th Congressional District of North Carolina.[1] Wright was defeated by incumbent David Price (D) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[2] He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on May 6, 2014.[3]

Wright was previously a 2012 Republican candidate for Governor of North Carolina in the 2012 elections.[4]


Wright was born in Buncombe County, North Carolina and raised in Haywood County. Growing up, he worked on his uncle's farm and was a construction subcontractor in the Asheville area. A graduate of Clyde A. Erwin High School, where he was All County in football and student body president, Wright earned his undergraduate degree from Wheaton College and a J.D. from Duke Law School.[5]

Wright worked as an Assistant District Attorney in the 8th District of Eastern North Carolina and was later appointed District Court Judge for Wayne, Lenoir and Greene counties, where he served for six years. Wright was then elected to serve as a judge in the North Carolina Superior Courts. He retired after 22 years in the North Carolina court system.[5]


  • Clyde A. Erwin High School (Asheville, NC)
  • B.A., Wheaton College
  • J.D., Duke Law School


Campaign themes


Wright briefly explained his key issues on his campaign website, writing the following: "The issues and problems America faces are many and the list is long, but among the most pressing concerns before us are the full repeal of ObamaCare (we must retain our freedom to choose our own doctor and nurses), we must end the outsourcing our middle class jobs to other nations (and the subsequent destruction of our economy) and Congress must end all spying on private citizens without a Constitutional warrant…… just to name a few issues."[1]


On his campaign website, Wright advocated for the empowerment of the middle class. He explained, "the middle class carries the burden of our government. By empowering the middle class, we help all others in society. If the middle class is impoverished, they cannot be free. Let us empower our middle class families. In order to accomplish these goals, I propose:

  • Obamacare: Resistance by North Carolina concerning the implementation of ObamaCare and the encouragement of it's repeal by Congress. Let us enact an amendment to the North Carolina Constitution similar to the recently enacted Ohio Healthcare Amendment, which Ohio voters approved overwhelmingly on November 8, 2011. The goal of this amendment is to preserve your right to a doctor of your choice and not to allow government officials to make your personal medical decisions.
  • Property tax: Each county in North Carolina be given the option by public vote to exchange the real property tax on their homes to one of the following: either a county income tax based on the existing NC income tax or a sales tax or a combination thereof. May North Carolina go forward like the people of North Dakota, who on June 12, 2012 will vote on the proposition to abolish property taxes statewide in North Dakota.
  • Tax relief: Tax relief to parents, giving a deduction, limited to $5000 per year, for their children's educational expenses. This relief to be available to all families with children whether in public or private or home schools, similar to the law recently signed by Governor Bobby Jindal in 2011 for the parents of school age children in Louisiana.
  • Current conservative issues in North Carolina: I support the Marriage Protection Amendment. And I support those resisting attempts by the ACLU to halt Christian prayers at our Legislature."



See also: North Carolina's 4th Congressional District elections, 2014

Wright ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent North Carolina's 4th District. Wright lost to incumbent David Price (D) in the general election.[2] He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on May 6, 2014.[3] The general election took place November 4, 2014.

U.S. House, North Carolina District 4 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Price Incumbent 74.7% 169,946
     Republican Paul Wright 25.3% 57,416
Total Votes 227,362
Source: North Carolina State Board of Elections


See also: North Carolina gubernatorial election, 2012

Wright ran for the Republican nomination for Governor of North Carolina. He, along with Jim Harney, Scott Jones, James Mahan and Charles Moss, lost to Pat McCrory in the May 8th primary election.[4]


Wright was married to the late Lisa Stanley. He has six children.

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