Candidates vying for the District 8 congressional seat are appealing to the military vote to propel them to a win in an expected close election.
Republican Richard Hudson, a four-term incumbent who has called himself “Fort Bragg’s congressman,” is being challenged by Democrat Patricia Timmons-Goodson, a long-time judge who has served as an associate justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court.
Both candidates in the race, which is considered to be the tightest congressional race in the state, are debating who would do a better job representing the military.
In recent weeks, both campaigns have gone on the attack, with a flier sent out this week from the Democratic Party of North Carolina stating that Hudson has “turned his back on military families and veterans.”
The Hudson campaign’s latest television ad brands Timmons-Goodson as “soft on crime” and “too liberal for Congress.”
Recent polls have separated them by only a few percentage points.
Hudson said he has “nothing but respect” for Timmons-Goodson but her campaign is misleading about his support for the military.
“No one in Congress has done more to help our military and families, and no one in Congress has worked harder to care for our veterans, and I’m proud of my record,” Hudson said. “In the National Defense Authorization Act this year, I was able to get six provisions added in committee or on the floor that help our soldiers here at Fort Bragg.”
He added that he continues to work on legislation to help soldiers.
“I continue to work on legislation like my Veteran Caregiver Act, like the Veterans Choice bill that we were able to make permanent,” he said.