'More work yet to do'

Incumbents Stone, Knecht make push to retain seats
Feb. 26, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Two Republican incumbents are hoping to keep their respective seats as election filing continues this week.

Mike Stone is seeking his third term as the North Carolina House District 51 representative, which covers a portion of Harnett County and a majority of Lee County, while Dr. Andre Knecht wants to keep his seat on the Lee County Board of Commissioners.

“I am deeply honored at the opportunity to represent this community in the General Assembly, and I am proud of the work we have done,” Stone said in a prepared statement. “We've made tremendous progress getting our economy back on track by cutting taxes and reducing job-killing regulations, but we've got more work yet to do.”

It's important for Lee County to have someone representing their interests with regard to natural gas exploration, he said, and he'll continue to focus on making North Carolina more competitive and improving the state's economic outlook.

Harnett County attorney Brad Salmon, a Democrat, has also filed for the District 51 seat.

Knecht couldn't be reached for comment, but he said he’d work to make Lee County more business friendly when he was appointed to the Commission District 3 seat more than a year ago — following former Commissioner Linda Shook's resignation from the board due to a work-related move to Nevada.

He is the owner of Knecht Chiropractic Center and a long-time member of the local Republican Party.

Filing continues until noon Friday.

Lee County filings to date include:

• Tracy Carter, Republican, for Lee County Sheriff.

• Timothy Sloan, Democrat, for the Lee County Board of Commissioners District 2 seat.

• Susie Thomas for the Lee County Clerk of Superior Court.

• Larry “Doc” Oldham, Democrat, for the Lee County Board of Commissioners District 4 seat.

• Richard Hayes, Democrat, for one of three Lee County Board of Education seats.

• Justin Rosser, Democrat, for Lee County Sheriff.

• Sandra Bowen, Republican, for one of three Lee County Board of Education seats.

• Christine Curkendall, Republican, for one of three Lee County Board of Education seats.

• David Schau, Republican, for one of three Lee County Board of Education seats.

• Shawn Williams, Democrat, for one of three Lee County Board of Education seats.

• Ophelia Livingston, Democrat, for one of three Lee County Board of Education seats.

• Robert Reives Sr., Democrat, for the Lee County Board of Commissioners District 1 seat.

• Robert Reives II, Democrat, for the N.C. House District 54 seat.

• Andy Wilkie, Republican, for the N.C. House District 54 seat.

• Leverne Kinney, Democrat, for the Lee County Board of Commissioners District 4 seat.

• Ronald Rabin, Republican, for the N.C. Senate District 12 seat.

• Joe Langley, Democrat, for the N.C. Senate District 12 seat. 

• Brad Salmon, Democrat, for the N.C. House District 51 seat.