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Latest updates from the campaign:

Friday, May 3, 2019 12:44 PM

Primary Aftermath

The primary results are in, and though I am now out of this race, I am happy to say my friend Dr. Joan Perry will be advancing to the secondary primary. Joan is genuine. She has a quick mind, a caring heart and was the only one of the other 16 Republican candidates who asked me for information materials about my banner cause, medical cannabis. This learning experience has connected me with influential people in the NC Republican party; some of whom have encouraged me to stay politically active. I plan to ride the momentum of my campaign to change hearts and minds about cannabis in Carolina. Humble thanks to all who supported and helped me in my campaign. When you stand up for what you believe in, the world wins.

Monday, April 29, 2019 12:00 AM

Eastern Beacon article: Meet Kevin Baiko

"I’m the only Republican candidate that seems to be concerned about the value of our dollar. A strong dollar will do more to ensure both our prosperity and security than anything else. I’m also the only Republican candidate that wants to end the war on drugs, which is a costly big government war on our own people. I’m also the only Republican that wants to rein in our foreign military involvement. Our military industrial complex is the worst form of corporate welfare. Its costs in terms of national debt and human life are unfathomable. This was a huge concern of Walter Jones, and it should be to whoever wins this election."

Sunday, April 28, 2019 12:00 AM

Dr. Kevin Baiko addressing NC District 3 GOP Leadership

Kevin Baiko, MD speaking live at the Republican Convention for North Carolina District 3 in Greenville on April 27, 2019.  As a Republican congressional candidate, Dr. Baiko was afforded the privilege to address the Republican leadership. These were his remarks.

Monday, April 22, 2019 12:00 AM

The Weed Blog: Kevin Baiko Explains the Politics of Cannabis in North Carolina

"I think elected representatives should actually represent their
constituents. They should put the interests of those in their district over party agendas and even their own ideology. And so I’m running for Congress, not for myself but for a noble cause. I incorporated a cannabis leaf into my campaign logo to stand for compassion, prosperity, liberty and the future. As a candidate I am taking a public stand on behalf of patients, doing all that I can to help ease suffering and save lives. I am running in this special election because the timing coincides directly with the current state medical cannabis bill just introduced. I am using my platform to bring public awareness to the urgency and importance of this issue and to expose our legislators who
refuse to support the bill. If I were to win the election, I would be the only cannabinoid medicine physician serving in US Congress. I would use my position to educate other lawmakers, most especially those in the Republican Party, as to why it is imperative that they get on board."

Friday, April 12, 2019 12:00 AM

Outer Banks Voice: Local MD is Not Your Typical GOP Candidate

“Liberty is my prime directive and it informs my approach to every issue including drug policy. So that’s one of two areas I think sets me apart the most — wanting to end the drug war because I think it does more harm than good.

The other issue and its coupled with the first, and that’s my dedication to the concept of representation....

I would aspire to be a respected member of the Liberty Caucus as was Walter Jones and I would hold myself and our federal government to its rule book — the Constitution. That would be my mandate. And I would approach every issue with liberty in mind.

However, I do think it’s important to place my constituents above my own ideology, my own party and any other special interests and I would approach every issue in what their issues and needs are.”

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 12:00 AM

Dr. Kevin Baiko speaking at the Forum Onslow

Kevin Baiko, MD speaking live at the Forum Onslow in Jacksonville, North Carolina on March 26, 2019. 14 of the 17 Republicans running for the April 30 Republican primary were in attendance. Here are Dr. Baiko's summary remarks:

"What This Cannabis Leaf Means To Me"

Friday, March 22, 2019 12:00 AM

Virginia Pilot article features 3 Candidates from Currituck, Incuding Dr. Kevin Baiko


Currituck physician Kevin Baiko of Moyock hopes he is set apart from others by his stance on cannabis.

"I'm standing up on the side of compassion to say what few republican politicians in Carolina have the courage to acknowledge — that being a republican and a Christian and an advocate for medical cannabis legalization aren't mutually exclusive," he said in an email.

All three from Currituck support conservative issues, but say they would not vote lock-step with Trump.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 8:57 PM

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Sunday, March 10, 2019 6:33 PM

Elizabeth City's Daily Advance article features Candidate Kevin Baiko


Baiko says he’s running for Congress because he “cares about our country and respects its constitution” and believes the nation’s freedoms and values need to be preserved. He supports free markets, the freedom to bear arms, well-enforced borders and a well-regulated immigration system. He also supports “making America our priority,” he said.

The issue that’s likely to set him apart from most other candidates in the 3rd District race, however, is his support for legalizing medical marijuana.

“I feel somebody needs to stand up for this cause and raise awareness of it,” he said. “It’s a large part of my overall platform.”

Baiko believes most Americans support a “sensible drug policy” that includes legalizing medical marijuana. He notes an Elon University poll that found 80 percent of North Carolinians support legalizing medical marijuana. He says the issue “isn’t a partisan one for voters,” but legislators continue to block legalization — to their constituents’ detriment.

“People are unnecessarily suffering and dying because of our drug policy and it needs to be changed,” he said.
Asked how he thinks he’ll fare in what’s generally considered a conservative-leaning district, Baiko says he believes he “stands a great chance” of winning given all that he stands for.

“I am a Christian and a conservative,” he said. “And I don’t think my advocacy for medical marijuana is mutually exclusive to those things.”

Friday, March 8, 2019 6:11 PM

Dr. Kevin Baiko files his Notice of Candidacy

On March 7, Doctor Kevin Baiko filed his Notice of Candidacy with the State Board of Elections in Raleigh to run in the race in North Carolina's 3rd Congressional District for the late Walter Jones' House of Representative seat.  He is one of 17 Republican candidates to be on ballot in the April 30 Special Election Primary.


Monday, March 4, 2019 9:27 PM

Dr. Kevin Baiko Certificate of Affiliation Signed

Today Currituck County Board of Elections Director signed Doctor Kevin Baiko's Certificate of Affiliation as required on his official Notice of Candidacy to run as a Republican candidate for the United States House of Representatives. He is running to fill the seat for Eastern North Carolina's district 3 which Walter Jones vacated upon his untimely death this February.  The special election primary will be held on April 30.

Committee to Elect Kevin Baiko, M.D.
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