Filing for 2016 primary election kicks off


Mary Katherine Murphy - [email protected]



LAURINBURG — With the opening of filing for county, state, and federal level offices on Tuesday, a handful of Scotland County’s representatives wasted no time throwing their names in the hat.

Among those was the county’s current register of deeds, Lindsay Page Pratt III. Pratt was appointed to the office in February after the retirement of Debra Holcomb, and hopes to be elected to a full term next year.

Pratt is a Scotland High School graduate and holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Wake Forest University. He is also a graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law.

“It has been convenient having a legal background: I was able to get up to speed in a hurry,” Pratt said. “We have done some things in the office to help our efficiency, shortened some processes, and added more computerization to some things, including electronic notary notifications.”

Pratt’s work experiences include a stint in the Oakland Athletics’ community relations office and a year practicing law in the Winston-Salem area. Prior to his appointment as register of deeds, Pratt was chief operating officer of Reaves Engraving.

If elected to a full term as register of deeds, Pratt says he will continue to put experience gained in the legal and business fields to good use in management of the county’s vital documents.

“Both of those have allowed me to bring a fresh view to the office and one that I think is valuable going forward in that it allows us to look at modernizing the office while continuing to provide the level of customer service that the citizens of Scotland County require and deserve,” he said.

Also filing on Tuesday was state Rep. Garland Pierce, who will bid for a seventh term representing District 48, which comprises parts of Scotland, Richmond, Robson, and Hoke counties. Pierce, a Democrat, lives in Wagram and is pastor of Bright Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church in Laurinburg.

“I am seeking re-election because I am committed to strengthening our economy and protecting investment in our state’s public education system,” Pierce said in a statement. “North Carolina must produce more jobs and an educated workforce capable of competing in a 21st century global economy. I have championed investment in technical education and workforce training programs because they not only assist in putting North Carolinians back to work but also create a business friendly environment in which companies want to invest.”

Pierce is currently serving in his second term as chairman of the North Carolina Legislative Black Caucus.

Scotland County’s other representative in the N.C. House of Representatives, Ken Goodman of Rockingham, also filed on Tuesday. Also a Democrat, Goodman represents District 66, which includes parts of Scotland, Richmond, Hoke, Robeson, and Montgomery counties.

Goodman, a retired retail merchant and businessman, has served three terms in Raleigh. If re-elected, Goodman said that he will continue to focus on job growth, supporting public education and making sound local investments.

“We have a lot of work ahead of us,” Goodman said. “We cannot neglect our schools and expect to be able to build a stronger economy. I will focus on making the critical investments we need to support our public schools, our community colleges and our state university system. We must keep tuition affordable and we need to have the best teachers in our classrooms.”

Prior to his election to the House, Goodman served as chairman of the Richmond County Board of Education and was owner of the R.W. Goodman Store in Rockingham.

U.S. Rep Richard Hudson announced on Tuesday that he will run for re-election to a third term. Hudson, a Republican, represents North Carolina’s eighth congressional district.

“As I travel across the district, I hear time and again from folks who are working harder than ever, but struggling to make ends meet because of the Obama administration’s top-down, big-government policies,” Hudson said in a statement. “I will continue to fight for a smaller, more limited federal government that empowers the economy in North Carolina to grow and provide good-paying jobs for folks across the state.”

The following seats will be on Scotland County ballots in March. All filing fees are 1 percent of the pay for the position.

Scotland County:

— District Attorney for North Carolina’s 16A, held by Kristy Newton. Filing fee, $1,193.

— Register of Deeds, held by Page Pratt. Filing fee, $535.

— Board of Commissioners: Laurel Hill commissioner John Alford; Williamson commissioner Bob Davis; at-large commissioner Whit Gibson, and Stewartsville commissioner Clarence McPhatter. Filing fee is $63.

— Board of Education: Stewartsville members Jeff Byrd, Wayne Cromartie, and Pat Gates along with at-large member Charles Brown. Filing fee, $10.

State:

— Governor, held by Pat McCrory; four-year term. Filing fee, $1,424.

— Lieutenant Governor, held by Dan Forest, four-year term. Filing fee, $1,257.

— Attorney General, held by Roy Cooper, four-year term. Filing fee, $1,257.

— N.C. Senate District 25, currently held by Tom McInnis; two-year term. Filing fee, $207.

— N.C. House of Representatives 66th District, held by Ken Goodman; two-year term. Filing fee, $207.

— N.C. House of Representatives 48th District, held by Garland Pierce; two-year term. Filing fee, $207.

— Auditor, held by Beth Wood, four-year term. Filing fee, $1,257.

— Commissioner of Agriculture, held by Steve Troxler, four-year term. Filing fee, $1,257.

— Commissioner of Insurance, held by Wayne Goodwin, four-year term. Filing fee, $1,257.

— Commissioner of Labor, held by Cherie Berry, four-year term. Filing fee, $1,257.

— Secretary of State, held by Elaine Marshall, four-year term. Filing fee, $1,257.

— Superintendent of Public Instruction, held by June Atkinson, four-year term. Filing fee, $1,257.

— Treasurer, held by Janet Cowell, four-year term. Filing fee, $1,257.

Judicial:

District Court judges Richard Brown, Michael Stone, Lisa Thacker, Tanya Wallace, and Amanda Wilson and N.C. Court of Appeals judges Richard Dietz, Robert N. Hunter, Jr., Linda Stephens, and Valerie Zachary. Filing for those seats will be held at the N.C. State Board of Elections in Raleigh.

Federal:

— 8th Congressional District, held by Richard Hudson; two-year-term. Filing fee, $1,740.

— U.S. Senate, one seat, held by Richard Burr, six-year term. Filing fee, $1,740.

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Mary Katherine Murphy

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