NC-13 is an open seat drawn by the Republican legislature to be a true tossup in the suburbs of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. The election will pit two first-time candidates for federal election – Wiley Nickel (D) and Bo Hines (R)
Wiley Nickel is a father, husband, criminal defense attorney, and state senator. After losing his father to lung cancer when he was a teenager, Nickel saw the difference that access to affordable, quality health care can make for families. From voting rights to quality public education to reproductive health care, Nickel has fought tooth and nail for the issues important to North Carolinians.
Hines, 26, a former college football player, lives miles away from NC-13 and is loaded with ambition and no political experience. He advocates for a total ban on abortion with “no exceptions,” and has also spread false conspiracy theories about the 2020 election results in North Carolina, saying he believes the presidential election was stolen.
Nickel earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and government from Tulane University and a Juris Doctor from the Pepperdine University School of Law. Nickel worked for Vice President Al Gore from 1996 to 2001 as a member of his national advance staff and served in a similar role for President Obama from 2008-2012.
Nickel believes that everyone deserves access to clean water and clean air and he believes that a strong economy and a clean environment go hand in hand. In Congress, he will support investments in “green” jobs and clean energy infrastructure, funding for sustainable transportation initiatives, and a long-term plan toward energy independence.
Nickel supports common-sense gun safety legislation that is evidence-based and shown to reduce violence. As a gun owner, he believes in and supports the 2nd Amendment but he has advocated for safety measures like universal background checks, safe storage laws, closing the loophole that allows domestic abusers to buy guns, and a ban on high-capacity magazines.
Wiley Nickel believes that the right to choose an abortion is a basic human right. When that right is endangered, the fundamental equality of women is threatened. He will always support women’s reproductive health rights to ensure that all women are able to make their own health care decisions.