Sixth District Congressman Ted Budd announced on April 28 that he was running for the open North Carolina Senate seat in 2022.

US Senate seats in North Carolina don’t come open very often, but Republican Sen. Richard Burr announced that he would not run for a fourth term in 2022, and that caused a lot of politicians around the state to take a look at the race, which is expected to turn out to be one of the most expensive Senate races in the country.

Budd joined a Republican field that already included former 6th District Congressman Mark Walker and former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory. Having run three statewide races for governor and serving as governor from 2012 to 2016, McCrory has a definite advantage in name recognition.

Budd attended the announcement of the new $150 million School of Dental Medicine and Oral Health at High Point University on Wednesday, May 5 and agreed to answer a few questions about the Senate race.

Budd said that part of the reason he decided to enter the race was because, “I looked at those already running and knew we had to win this seat.”

Budd said, “It’s going to be a tough race, but I’ve been in tough races before and won.”

He said, “I think there is a path forward.”

Budd said that his background as a person of faith growing up on a family farm would be an advantage because of the importance of agriculture in the state.

He added that his background as a small business owner who had to make payroll every two weeks was something that set him apart and would help him with small business owners that are the heart of the economy.

Budd owns and operates ProSHOTS, a gun range and shop in Rural Hall.

When asked about campaigning Budd said, “I’ve got a full time job in Congress and my number one job is to serve and represent all my constituents.”

But he said he looked forward to campaigning across the state.