U.S. House of Representatives District 3 candidates were sent the following questions by The Daily News in advance of the May 8 primary election. Phil Law and Scott Dacey are challenging incumbent Walter Jones for the seat.

Name: Walter B. Jones

Date of birth: February 10, 1943

City of birth: Farmville, NC

Political Party: Republican

Seeking: Congressional District 3

Incumbent: yes

Best way for voters to contact you: www.walterjonescommittee.com

Why are you running?

We need a conservative voice in Washington to fight the big spenders. I have been that voice. We don’t need more special interests and backroom deals. I have voted against every debt limit increase and every bloated budget bill since 2004.

We need a staunch defender of those who defend us, as well as everyone who has ever worn the uniform. I’m proud to have cosponsored more bills to help our veterans than any other member of Congress.

What experience do you have that makes you a good fit for this office?

I have proudly and humbly represented the 3rd District in the US Congress since 1995. My tenure has allowed me to become one of the most senior members of the Armed Services Committee, which has afforded me the opportunity to protect our bases and depots through multiple BRAC rounds and cutbacks, allowing for the growth and base security we have today. My seniority enables me to effectively advocate for resources and job growth.

If elected, what would you do to stay transparent as an elected official?

I am home in the district every weekend and every district work week. I regularly meet with the people of this district to hear their concerns and my office has a stellar record of getting help to those who need it. Every one of my votes is published for the voters to see on my website, as well as the explanation for my vote. I have always made myself available to the people of Eastern North Carolina because it is my job to represent them and make sure their voice is being heard.

What would you do on the state level to address the lack of mental health and substance abuse treatment options in Onslow County?

Federal officials need to work with officials on the state and local level to identify the shortfalls in the system. It is critical that we make mental health a priority, especially for our service members. I have a long history of supporting funding bills to ensure the mental health needs of our men and women in uniform are being met. The men and women who have risked their lives defending our freedom deserve to be treated with the highest standard of care, and I am proud to have had my proposals to address these concerns included in the National Defense Authorization Act.

If elected, what would be your first order of business?

With over 110,000 active-duty and retired military in the 3rd district, I believe that protecting our bases and ensuring veteran benefits is the top priority as congressman.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

It has been an honor to represent the people of Eastern North Carolina, and I look forward to continuing my work on their behalf.