Hopefuls confirm candidacy on first day of filing
Three Lee County candidates officially entered the political fray Monday, the first day of filing for the 2014 elections.
Filing for office at the Lee County Board of Elections Office Monday were:
* Tracy Carter filed for his third term as Lee County Sheriff.
* Timothy Sloan filed for the Lee County Commission District 2 Seat, now held by Charlie Parks.
* Susie Thomas filed for her second term as the Lee County Clerk of Superior Court.
Filing continues until noon Feb. 28, said Lee County Elections Director Nancy Kimble.
Carter was joined by his wife, Angie, his parents, his in-laws and several staff members of the Lee County Sheriff’s Department.
“I am looking forward to this election,” he said. “It gives us a chance to talk about what we have done. I had some supporters who were there with me when I registered, and they are all excited. I am excited.”
Thomas, who has served six years as the clerk and has more than 24 years in the clerk’s office, said her first priority was making sure Lee County residents receive the services they need.
“I want to serve the citizens of Lee County to the best of my knowledge and ability,” she said.
Sloan didn't immediately return a call requesting comment, but previously stated that Lee County has faced too many losses and he intends to reverse this trend.
“(My) primary focus as a county commissioner will be to improve the county’s image through economic development, back-to-basics education and comprehensive workforce training and development,” he wrote in a press release.
In nearby Harnett County, N.C. Sen. Ronald Rabin filed for re-election as a Republican candidate for the 12th district, which includes Lee and Harnett counties and a portion of Johnston County.
“I think with my military background, I don't like to leave things half done,” Rabin said. “We are on the way toward a good economic recovery ... . I think the effectiveness I have shown so far warrants going at it again and building on success.”
Democrat Joe Langley also filed for the 12th district.
Harnett County attorney Brad Salmon also filed for the 51st House District, now held by Mike Stone. The district covers western Harnett County and most of Lee County.
Salmon's legislative priorities, according to a press release, will include strengthening the economy, protecting North Carolina’s natural resources and building an innovative public education system.
“My campaign is about bringing vision, values, and a business-friendly, moderate approach to government,” he said. “It's time for a change.”
The 2014 primary is scheduled for May 6, and the general election will be held Nov. 4.