WAGRAM — Scotland County’s state representatives have announced they intend to seek re-election for the state General Assembly.
Rep. Garland Pierce plans to seek a sixth term representing District 48 in the state House of Representatives. The Scotland County Democrat said he is running to help strengthen the economy and improve public education.
“Having served nearly a decade in the North Carolina General Assembly, I understand that North Carolina’s economic recovery depends upon producing more jobs and an educated workforce capable of competing in a 21st century global economy,” Pierce said. “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, 60, serves as pastor of Bright Hopewell Baptist Church in Laurinburg and has been a minister for 33 years. He retired from the United Parcel Service and served in the United States Army.
Pierce was first elected to the House in 2004 and is the senior member of the local legislative delegation. He serves on the Appropriations, Commerce and Jobs Development and Health Human Services Committee. In 2013, he was elected as chairman of the North Carolina Legislative Black Caucus.
Pierce represents portions of Scotland, Hoke and Robeson counties.
Ken Goodman, a Democrat from Rockingham whose District 66 represents a small part of Robeson County as well as Richmond, Hoke, Scotland and Montgomery counties.
“There’s a lot of work to be done, especially in supporting our teachers and public education,” Goodman, a former chairman of the Richmond County Board of Education, said. “I think it is a disgrace what our teachers are being paid compared to those in other states. They deserve better.”
Goodman, 66, the former owner of a family furniture store, said his other major priority is economic development.
“A lot of workers in our part of the state have no jobs,” he said. “I want to create a better better environment for job creation … . We also need to improve our infrastructure of all kinds.”
The filing period for the May primary begins Feb. 10.