RALEIGH — A fourth person has dropped into the North Carolina state house race for Wake County’s District 33 seat.
Republican candidate Stephanie Dingee and her husband Charles are happy to announce that they are expecting their first child.
“We are both very happy with our first pregnancy,” the couple told North State Journal “It has definitely changed up the campaign over the last few weeks.”
Dingee’s husband, who serves as the first vice chair of the Wake County Republican Party, says it has “definitely been a surprise and I am very excited.”
The couple said Stephanie has spent more of her time making calls to voters while Charles has started to handle heading out to knock on doors for her.
Dingee, a preschool teacher, is not only a first-time mother, but she is also a first-time political candidate.
“This will be my first pregnancy and the first time running for office,” Stephanie Dingee said in a statement to North State Journal. “For me besides the physical changes of being pregnant and tired the reasons behind the race have also changed. I am no longer just running for the future of others but also for the future of my own child.”
Her opponents in the House District 33 race include incumbent Democrat Rosa Gill and Libertarian candidate Chris Costello. Gill has served six and a half terms in the seat starting in 2009. She was primaried by Nate Blanton and advanced to face Dingee by winning over 86% of the vote.