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Rocky Mount Mayor Mounts Bid For Congress PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 07 December 2021 13:10

Rocky Mount Mayor Sandy Roberson will seek the GOP nomination in the newly-drawn Second N.C. Congressional District.

“This campaign is about getting a congressman who will show up for work, who will focus on results – not rhetoric. It’s about getting a congressman who will make accountability a top priority – where we pay attention to getting government to work at the basic level,” said Mayor Roberson.

“My 40-year business career has been about getting things done, getting results, meeting budgets and deadlines, it’s about holding people accountable,” said Roberson. “Our federal government is broken. Our faith and confidence in Washington are shattered. 

“Here’s what I will tell you – I will not support another new program. I want to fix what we have, make sure it works and make sure the services are getting delivered to the people who most need it,” Roberson added.

As Mayor of Rocky Mount, Roberson has been an advocate for transparency in local government, improving government services and making public safety and education top priorities.

“I will offer the voters in the Second Congressional district, a pragmatic, common-sense, get-it-done approach to government. I will use my background in business, healthcare, job creation and finance to focus on the issues that impact agriculture, rural economic development, market-based, patient-choice healthcare solutions,” said Roberson.

Roberson said the country must get a handle on illegal immigration and on federal spending. “We cannot borrow ourselves into prosperity. We must get a handle on spending in Washington. We also cannot have an open border because we cannot afford the negative impacts we see from illegal immigration,” Roberson added.

“I will be a champion for Second Amendment rights and the rights of the unborn. Finally, we must be ready to stand up to the rapid military development in China,” concluded Roberson.

Roberson, 53, is married to Jennifer Stone of Rocky Mount and has four adult children. He is active in numerous civic and community organizations. He is a graduate of Rocky Mount Senior High School (Class of 1985). He currently serves as Managing Partner of Health View Capital Partners. He is a member of First Baptist Church in Rocky Mount. He is an avid hunter/sportsman and ACC Basketball fan.

Judge Graves Files For Re-Election In Halifax County PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 07 December 2021 13:05

– Halifax County Superior Court Judge Norlan Graves filed for election today, seeking the Democratic nomination for the seat that he was recently appointed to by Governor Roy Cooper.  “This campaign is about new leadership in our county courts,” said Judge Graves.  “We need a new voice, new ideas and new leadership to protect and serve our county.”

“As a former prosecutor and Special Deputy Attorney General, I know the law, I know the critical role an impartial judge plays in being fair and responsive to all people before the court,” said Judge Graves.


Graves has practiced in various courts including State Superior and District Courts, Federal District Courts, the Federal Court of Appeals, the North Carolina Court of Appeals, the North Carolina Industrial Commission, the North Carolina Office of Administrative Hearings, and the North Carolina Department of Labor. His litigation experience includes murder cases, law enforcement representation, medical malpractice, employment law, civil rights, administrative law and occupational safety and health.


“You need to project calm in the courtroom.  You need to show judicial temperament. You must show our citizens the respect and dignity they deserve,” said Judge Graves.


“I have the background, the experience and the leadership to serve our courts,” said Judge Graves. “I look forward to campaigning and asking the people of Halifax County for their support and their vote.”

Hillsborough Resident Will Run For District 23 Senate Seat PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 01 December 2021 09:42

Jamie DeMent Holcomb is running for the North Carolina State Senate in District 23. The newly drawn district includes all of Orange, Caswell, and Person Counties and was previously represented by Senator Valerie Foushee who announced she is running for Congress.

Growing up in rural Franklin County, DeMent Holcomb attended public schools and went on to attend UNC-Chapel Hill as a Morehead-Cain scholar.

 "In the State Senate, I’ll work to create a North Carolina that helps everyone – from our rural farmers and mechanics to tech entrepreneurs and medical professionals,” DeMent Holcomb said.

DeMent Holcomb lives in Hillsborough with her husband and their infant daughter. She is the owner of multiple small businesses including a local sustainable farm and Bella Bean Organics, an online farmers’ market that features products grown and produced in North Carolina. She was also a partner in two farm to table restaurants — Zely & Ritz in Raleigh and Piedmont in Durham. An accomplished author, DeMent Holcomb has published two cookbooks, and she is the managing partner of the North Carolina Venture Capital Fund, which seeks to invest in early stage NC startups. DeMent Holcomb is the Interim Executive Director of Kidzu Children's Museum in Chapel Hill – a museum serving children (ages 0-12) and the adults in their lives.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 December 2021 09:44
Former Senate Candidate Endorses Cheri Beasley PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 01 December 2021 09:37

Democratic candidate for NC-02, former State Senator and former Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Erica Smith endorsed Cheri Beasley for U.S. Senate. Senator Smith shared the following statement:

"I consider Cheri Beasley a friend, and I was proud to be sworn in by her when I was elected to the General Assembly in 2014. And I’m proud to now endorse Cheri Beasley for U.S. Senate because she is the only candidate who will finally win this seat and fight every day for the people of North Carolina, just as she has done throughout her life in public service. Cheri is a former public defender, judge and Chief Justice of our State Supreme Court, and always worked to move North Carolina in the direction of fairness and progress. Whether it was speaking out about systemic injustice and the murder of George Floyd or implementing paid family leave for thousands of court employees, Cheri's values and determination to do what is right are what we need in this moment.

"I am confident Cheri will continue to run a robust campaign that reaches voters in every part of the state, including rural communities that are so often overlooked. She will inspire North Carolinians and make us proud to cast our ballots to elect the first African American to represent North Carolina in the U.S. Senate. We cannot afford to miss this opportunity to elect a real leader who will put the people of North Carolina first, and that is why I am encouraging voters to join me in supporting Cheri Beasley for U.S. Senate."



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