WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - State Senator Jane Smith, who represents all of Columbus and Robeson counties, said Monday she plans to run for a second term in the General Assembly.
Smith, a retired real estate broker from Lumberton, handily defeated Bernard White last November to win the District 13 seat. She replaced Michael Walters in the Senate.
"It has been an honor and privilege to represent the citizens of our district this session in the Senate," Smith said in an email statement. "My goal and focus is to help the people of Columbus and Robeson counties and I have been able to do that during the session this year. I have sponsored or co-sponsored bills that have helped our district and worked with other legislators to be sure they are passed. Our office has helped numerous constituents with issues throughout the year and will continue to do so."
According to the General Assembly website, Smith was the primary sponsor on nine bills in the 2015 session. One of them, SB37, became law. The bill provided a tuition waiver for anyone whose parent, legal guardian or spouse was killed in the line of duty, whether in law enforcement, firefighter or rescue squad worker.
The filing period for candidates running in 2016 begins at Noon on December 1, 2015 and runs through Noon on December 21, 2015.