ELECTION: Clark, Langley vie in state Senate race, with winner to face Rabin

Apr. 20, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Two Harnett County Democrats are vying to unseat N.C. Sen. Ronald Rabin in this year's election.

James Clark, 74, of Dunn, and Joe Langley, 62, of Angier, will face each other in the Democratic primary on May 6 for the Senate 12 district, which covers Lee and Harnett counties and a portion of Johnston County. Neither have held political office before.

Clark, an Army veteran, said public service was very important to him, and as a result feels senior citizens, firefighters, police officers and others who serve the public should not have to pay taxes.

“If I were elected, there’d be no taxes on those people,” Clark said. “I think that taxes should apply only to people of a certain (income) bracket. I don’t think it makes any sense at all. The higher income (you make) the less taxes you pay.”

If elected, Clark said he’s focus on jobs and helping families. He’s concerned, he said, with Rabin’s support of hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking.

“It’s the rape of the Earth, and it’s an unforgivable sin,” he said.

Clark said he salutes the people of Lee County, “especially the women and children.”

Langley also said he’s concerned about natural gas drilling via hydraulic fracturing, and said he’s not convinced there is enough natural gas within North Carolina to justify the drilling.

“Fracking would be one of the first things (I address),” he said. “The other thing would be to identify the fraud that is going on in our state government.”

If the fraud and waste was addressed throughout the state government, Langley said, there would be enough money to give teachers and state employees raises to match the national average.

With 35 years of experience in the technology field, Langley said he’s concerned about the General Assembly’s “lack of desire” to address the fraud and provide transparency using technology.

“The General Assembly appears to be out of control,” he said. “Common sense can no longer be found in the General Assembly leadership.”

Early voting begins April 24 for the May primary.