WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Sen. Harper Peterson is running for re-election in the North Carolina Senate District 9, which represents most of New Hanover County in the General Assembly. Peterson, a democrat, won the seat in 2018 by defeating then-incumbent republican Michael Lee by 231 votes. Lee is Peterson’s opponent again in 2020.
Peterson owns a restaurant and other small businesses. He served as a member of Wilmington City Council from 1995-99, then served one term as Mayor from 2001-2003.
Peterson is married and has five children and one grandchild.