Every election cycle voters are bombarded with statistics, accusations and promises from and about candidates. We pushed all that aside to introduce you to the candidates behind all that noise.

Loretta Boniti went home with Republican U.S. Senate candidate Ted Budd to learn more about him and his life and what made him the person he is today. She was joined by Budd’s wife, Amy Kate, who shared stories of their life together.

Issues and ideals of candidates are important for every election, but this is an opportunity for voters to get to know the people asking for your vote.

Early voting in N.C. runs from Thursday through Nov. 5. Election Day is Nov. 8.