Brenden Jones to run again for House seat, Ken Waddell undecided on re-election bid
COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Tabor City businessman Brenden Jones said Tuesday he will run again for the N.C. House seat that represents Columbus and parts of Bladen and Robeson counties.
The Republican lost to Democrat Rep. Ken Waddell in 2014. Jones received 47 percent of the vote.
Waddell, first elected in 2012, said he hasn't decided if he will seek re-election.
Jones touts his connections to Republican leaders in Raleigh, noting he was involved in bringing Gov. Pat McCrory to Columbus County twice in the past six months.
"We cannot afford not to be at the table for economic development," Jones said. "We are striving hard to bring those relationships that will put us on the map."
Jones' campaign raised $18,200 in the first half of this year, which included a $10,000 contribution to himself. The campaign had $18,910 on hand.
Waddell raised no money aside from a $30,000 loan from his wife. His campaign had $36,280 on hand June 30.
"If we're going to raise any money, we're going to raise it this fall," Waddell said.
Waddell said he would likely make a decision about the 2016 race in the next month.
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