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7th Congressional District Candidate Profiles: Randy Crow


Randy Crow hopes to face Democratic Incumbent Mike McIntyre this fall in the race for the 7th Congressional District.  But this is hardly his first run at political office.

As WHQR’s Rachel Lewis Hilburn reports, Randy Crow has run for President of the United States three times and for a seat representing the 7th congressional district at least four other times. 

Randy Crow faces David Rouzer and Ilario Pantano in the May 8th Primary.  And even though he’s not spending a lot of money on his campaign, he says the amount of name recognition he has from being a concerned citizen and entering previous races will serve him well.  He also says that his campaign economics are the wave of the future. 

“I know that I have a difficult road – but it’s an important road.   If this country is going to be the country that we expect it to be and we want it to be, candidates are going to have to come up and run like I’m running.  They’re going to have to pay for it themselves and not be tied to big money.” 

Originally from Houston, Texas, Crow says he understands Big Oil because he’s spent years in the business.  And although he’s excited about the prospect of developing hydrogen-powered energy sources, he says the United States is not nearly as dependent on Middle Eastern oil as many people think. 

“The United States is so close to being self-sufficient in oil – it’s incredible.  We have gotten our production up to close to 10 million barrels a day.”  

Add what Crow estimates to be 5 million barrels imported daily from Canada and Mexico, a 3 million barrel-a-day increase in domestic production, and the total hits 18 million barrels – which nearly matches our daily consumption, says Crow and doesn’t come from the Middle East.   Then why do OPEC decisions affect the U.S. economy so directly? 

“In my opinion, it’s price-fixing.”

Rachel hosts and produces CoastLine, an award-winning hourlong conversation featuring artists, humanitarians, scholars, and innovators in North Carolina. The show airs Wednesdays at noon and Sundays at 2 pm on 91.3 FM WHQR Public Media. It's also available as a podcast; just search CoastLine WHQR. You can reach her at rachellh@whqr.org.