(George) Wiley Nickel, a candidate for North Carolina’s newly-drawn 13tah District, has a long career in national Democratic politics. He earned his law degree at Pepperdine (California) School of Law.
Nickel was on Vice President Al Gore’s national advance staff from 1996 to 2001 and is a member of Gore's Climate Reality Leadership Corps. He worked for Obama’s Presidential campaign and served on the White House national advance staff from 2008 until 2012.
As a criminal defense attorney for the past decade, Nickel has dedicated his life to improving the quality of life for hard-working families across North Carolina. From voting rights to quality public education to reproductive health care, he has fought tooth and nail for the issues important to North Carolinians. As a state senator, Nickel worked across the aisle to get things done, including passing legislation to expand rural broadband and protect victims of domestic abuse. Now, he’s ready to take this mission to Congress as the next representative for NC-13.
Nickel has a wife and two young children. His work in education and civil rights will ensure a better future for all of North Carolina’s families.
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Since redistricting, this open seat is now a top pick-up opportunity for Democrats in one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the country. The Cook Political Report rates NC-13 as a “Toss Up.” With an extreme GOP candidate on the ballot who only recently moved from the other side of the state, Nickel can reach voters with his strong record and prove he is the candidate to represent their interests. Wiley Nickel must raise at least $5 million to flip NC-13 from Red to Blue.
The Republican opponent, Bo Hines is very much in the “Madison Cawthorne” style of candidate. He is a 26-year-old ex-football player whose job experience consists of a few internships. He has Trump’s endorsement and the support of Club for Growth.
Hines barely won the GOP primary on the backs of MAGA Republican dark money groups and promises to put America first yet passes out “Made In China” campaign swag.