Elect 2012: Hudson, District 8 candidate, to speak at Republican gathering
SALISBURY — Richard Hudson, Republican candidate for U.S. House District 8, announced Tuesday that he has been invited to address the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.
According to a campaign press release, Hudson is one of the only candidates running for a Congressional seat who has been invited to speak at the convention, which convenes Monday.
Hudson faces Rep. Larry Kissell, an incumbent Democrat, in the Nov. 6 general election.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to shine a national spotlight on how President Obama’s policies – supported by Larry Kissell – are failing the people of the 8th District,” said Hudson. “I look forward to letting the whole country know that North Carolina is ready to lead the American comeback.”
North Carolina’s new district boundaries, which go into effect this election, shift the 8th District to a more conservative population. In August 2011, Kissell was named the most vulnerable Democrat in the nation in by The Hill, a non-partisan Washington, D.C., publication.
William Harris, the convention’s Chief Executive Officer, said he is pleased that Richard will join the list of speakers.
“The candidates who will be speaking, like the many others running for office across the country, represent the future of our party and a better future for our country,” Harris said in Hudson’s press release.
Nearly 50,000 visitors are expected to come to the Tampa Bay area for the Republican Convention, including delegates, alternate delegates, media and other guests.