Triad City Beat, Jordan Green

In suburban House District 62, a Democratic “rock star” who has outraised her opponent almost 10 to 1 is seeking to unseat a Republican incumbent lawman who has lost the support of law enforcement.

In a normal election year, we probably wouldn’t be talking about Rep. John Faircloth’s re-election prospects because his eventual triumph would be a foregone conclusion.

When he wasn’t running unopposed, the four-term Republican House member has rarely faced a serious challenge. And while the newly drawn House District 62 hasn’t been tested, the western flank of Guilford County from Summerfield down to through a more affluent stretch of High Point would seem like friendly territory for a conservative Republican.

Even in a midterm election billed as a “blue wave,” District 62 wasn’t on too many people’s lists of likely Democratic pickups. Then came the second round of campaign finance reports in early July that showed Democratic challenger Martha Shafer outpacing Faircloth in fundraising by almost 10 to 1. A healthcare executive who retired from Cone Health, Shafer and her fellow Democratic challenger Terri LeGrand in neighboring District 74 have been dubbed “the rock star candidates” by the Durham-based Indivisible group Flip NC.

Faircloth, a former High Point City Council member and retired police chief, acknowledged that he needs to make up ground. He cited an extended legislative session that produced a raft of constitutional amendments, which Republicans hope will motivate their voters to turn out in November while giving Democrats yet another rallying point.

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