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COLUMBUS, BLADEN, and ROBESON COUNTIES (WECT) - One of the seats that changed the most after redistricting is District 46, which now mixes Columbus County and part of Bladen County with Robeson County.
Democrat Kenneth Waddell, the mayor of Chadbourn, is running against incumbent Gaston Pridgen, who's a Republican.
Columbus, Bladen, and Robeson Counties are all some of the poorest in the state, and both candidates have a lot to say on how they would bring in more jobs.
"First, we need to get the rail system up and running again in Columbus County," said Waddell. "Without the rail system, there is no business. We need to compete with Georgia, Virginia, and South Carolina. South Carolina has a special commission, I think, that they use that's separate from the Legislature. It allows them to be able to move fast whenever a business comes in and wants to locate in that area. I think we need to take that as a model and try to tweak it some."
"We cannot be the most regulated, highest taxed state in the southeast and expect to compete with the other states," said Pridgen. "First thing we need to do is drop some of the regulations -- they're just killing jobs. We need to drop our tax rates to get down with the other ones."
Voters in Columbus County make up a majority of District 46.
However, Pridgen. who lives in Robeson County, says he doesn't believe his party threw him under the bus when they redid voting districts.
Tuesday, March 11 2014 7:45 AM EDT2014-03-11 11:45:32 GMT
HAMPSTEAD, NC (WECT) – Rep. Chris Millis (R-Pender County) is the only local Republican member of the NC House not to endorse House Speaker Thom Tillis (R-Mecklenberg) in his bid for U.S. Senate. TillisMore >>
Rep. Chris Millis of Pender County is the only member of the local GOP delegation in the state House not to endorse Rep. Thom Tillis in his campaign for U.S. Senate. Click on the story to see why Millis is not endorsing Tillis or any other candidate in the GOP field.More >>
Friday, March 7 2014 8:10 AM EST2014-03-07 13:10:59 GMT
SWANNANOA, N.C. (AP/WECT) - State Sen. Martin Nesbitt, who this week stepped down as minority leader because of illness, has died. He was 67. Senate Democratic Caucus Director Ford Porter said NesbittMore >>
Just days after stepping down as the Senate Minority Leader in the General Assembly, state Sen. Martin Nesbitt (D-Buncombe) passed away from stomach cancer.More >>
Wednesday, March 5 2014 8:03 AM EST2014-03-05 13:03:49 GMT
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina state Sen. Martin Nesbitt has stepped down as the Senate's minority leader because of a recent medical diagnosis. Sen. Dan Blue is taking his place. The Senate DemocraticMore >>
State Sen. Martin Nesbitt (D-Buncombe) has stepped down from his position of Minority Leader because of a health issue. Sen. Dan Blue (D-Wake) will be filling the role.More >>
Sunday, March 2 2014 10:02 AM EST2014-03-02 15:02:31 GMT
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – A flurry of final-day filings on Friday added candidates to races for seats in Washington DC, Raleigh and southeastern North Carolina. New Hanover County Commissioner JonathanMore >>
Several last-minute filings set up primary challenges for candidates seeking office in Raleigh and Washington, DC. Nearly all Sheriffs in southeastern North Carolina will also have primary challenges in 2014.More >>
Friday, February 28 2014 12:00 AM EST2014-02-28 05:00:12 GMT
FLORENCE, SC (WECT) – Will Breazeale, the 2008 Republican nominee for North Carolina's 7th Congressional District seat, has decided not to run for the same office in 2014. In a news release sent out lateMore >>
Will Breazeale, who won the GOP nomination in the 7th Congressional District in 2008, has decided not to make another run for the office in 2014.More >>
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