Archives: Joe Johnson

  • Hedrick, Potts fight for open Davidson County House seat

    Republican Davidson County Commissioner Larry Potts has a built-in advantage in his race for the House seat in District 81 — a lot more registered Republicans. That’s the situation his Democratic challenger Andy Hedrick seeks to overcome Tuesday. Potts and Hedrick are battling to replace retired state Rep. Rayne Brown,…

  • Battle for House District 46 gets physical

    The three-way race in House District 46 turned into a two-man tussle. Democrat Tim Benton and Republican Brenden Jones were involved in a minor physical altercation with each other at the recent Bladenboro Beast Fest, which shows how hot the race has become. Or at least how hot under the…

  • Will ‘Trump Bump’ deliver second NCGA term to McInnis?

    Republican state Sen. Tom McInnis expects a “Trump Bump” to send him back for a second term in the North Carolina legislature. But Democratic challenger Dannie Montgomery is counting on a large early voting turnout to smooth any groundswell of support for McInnis. The candidates are competing in District 25,…

  • Legislator Faces Prosecutor in GOP Attorney General Primary

    Republicans will choose between a veteran legislator from Wilson and a longtime district attorney from Winston-Salem in the March 15 primary election for North Carolina attorney general. State Sen. E.S. “Buck” Newton and Forsyth County District Attorney Jim O’Neill are vying for the opportunity to succeed outgoing North Carolina Attorney…

  • Democratic A.G. Primary Pits Insider Versus ‘Perennial Candidate’

    The matchup in the Democratic primary for North Carolina Attorney General pits an insider against an outsider. State Sen. Josh Stein, who worked in the North Carolina Department of Justice before being elected to the General Assembly, will face Robeson County attorney Marcus Williams. Stein, a four-term senator from Raleigh,…

  • Bradshaw, Alexander in Mostly Positive SD 15 Race

    RALEIGH — The race in Senate District 15 pits high-spending former Raleigh mayor Tom Bradshaw against first-time, fill-in legislative candidate John “Johnny Mac” Alexander to claim a seat left open by the retirement of Republican state Sen. Neal Hunt. Alexander entered the race in July after the death of GOP nominee…

  • Incumbent Moffitt Faces Well-Funded Challenge From Turner in HD116

    RALEIGH — Republican state Rep. Tim Moffitt should have all the benefits of incumbency, but challenger Brian Turner said he believes he has chipped away at Moffitt’s advantage as the race in House District 116 winds down. The most recent campaign finance reports from the State Board of Elections show…

  • GOP Incumbent Meredith Faces Comeback Candidate Richardson

    RALEIGH — The race in state Senate District 19 matches two-term incumbent Republican Sen. Wesley Meredith against Fayetteville attorney Billy Richardson, who is trying to make a political comeback after being out of the state House since 1996. Meredith swept out incumbent Democrat Margaret Dickson in the GOP wave of…

  • Senate District 1 Features Rematch Of Tight 2012 Campaign

    RALEIGH — The race in state Senate District 1 was a toss-up in 2012, and it is once again as Republican incumbent Sen. Bill Cook and former Sen. Stan White square off again. Longtime Democratic state Senate leader Marc Basnight represented District 1 from 1985 until his retirement early in…