Will Thomas Wright File For Re-Election?

Rep. Thomas Wright
Rep. Thomas Wright

WILMINGTON -- Several people want Thomas Wright's seat in the General Assembly, which represents parts of New Hanover and Pender Counties.

Representative Wright is under indictment for fraud and misusing campaign funds, but we're told he is planning to run for re-election.

Sandra Spaulding Hughes, a former Wilmington City Council member, plans to file at noon on Thursday at the New Hanover County Elections Office.

Frankie Roberts, who has run unsuccessfully against Wright in the past, is another possible candidate.

Former Wilmington Mayor Harper Peterson is rumored to be weighing a run.

On the Republican side, attorney Thom Goolsby says he will become a candidate if Wright files for re-election.

Monday, Wright was in Raleigh appearing in front of a House committee investigating his alleged misconduct.

His attorney argued the committee does not have the authority to remove Wright from office.

Irving Joyner introduced several motions asking that the counts against Wright be dismissed, but those motions were denied.

Wright will defend himself against those accusations at a hearing March 3, if his criminal trial is not underway by then.

Ultimately, the committee could recommend the full House censure Wright or expel him from the General Assembly seat.

Reported by Jon Evans