PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - For the first time, the Constitution Party will have candidates on a North Carolina ballot come November. A Pender County woman is set to be one of 12 candidates making history in the general election.
"I'm just ecstatic to be a part of the history of North Carolina," Peggy Lanier, candidate for the District 3 commissioner seat in Pender County, said. "I love Pender County and I want to bring fresh ideas and new perspectives to the county."
The party has been established for approximately a decade in North Carolina but, according to the party's state chairman, never had enough signatures to get a name on the ballot.
"It was a ridiculous law and it only hurt the voters of North Carolina," NC Constitution Party Chairman Al Pisano said. The law has been changed and now requires fewer signatures.
"It was crucial for us to get in 2018 so the voters know there is another option out there," Pisano said.
Party members hold conservative beliefs — pro-life, pro-Second Amendment and traditional family values to name a few.
Lanier, a retired business owner, said she wants to bring prayer back into schools and work with the sheriff's office to crack down on the opioid epidemic.
"I believe in everything the Constitution Party stands for, but I do believe it's the person, their values and how they would like to see Pender County grow," Lanier said.
Lanier will face off against Republican incumbent George Brown in the general election.