Posted by Debra Worley - email
PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - It's a case of "no contest" for District Attorney Ben David (D), who has served for both New Hanover and Pender Counties since 2004.
Since he is the only candidate who filed to run for the position he will keep his seat as District Attorney. He says that is the ultimate vote of confidence from the community and he is looking forward to continue to serve.
"By not having to concentrate on a race, I can concentrate on doing the business of this office rather than running to keep it," said David. "That means that we're going to be able to keep our heads down and just continue to fight for justice in this community."
NC longest-serving legislator, Senator R.C. Soles has opted to not seek re-election, leaving an opening for the seat in District 8 which covers Brunswick, Columbus and Pender Counties. David Redwine (D), Bill Rabon (R) and Bettie Fennell (R) are all vying for the Senator's seat.
Redwine says his priorities in the State Senate would include jobs, education and a solid transportation structure. Rabon also said creating jobs for people in Brunswick, Columbus and Pender Counties would be at the top of his list.
Fennell, a former reporter for the Star News, was the Republican nominee against Soles two years ago and is ready to face the newest challengers.
Current County Commissioner F.D. Rivenbark is looking for a change, filing for State House Representative in District 16, challenging incumbent Carolyn Justice.