Boles, Clack File for Re-Election
Republican state Rep. Jamie Boles has filed for re-election to a third term in representing most of Moore County.
Board of Education member Lorna Clack also filed for re-election late Tuesday. Earlier this week, Clement F. Munno, of Aberdeen, filed as a Republican candidate for Congress. Moore County has been moved from the 6th to the 2nd Congressional District, which is represented by Republican U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers, who has yet to file for re-election. Sonya Holmes, of Lee County, also filed for that seat this week. The Pilot was unable to reach Munno for comment Thursday.
“It has been an honor and privilege for me to serve the citizens of Moore County,” Boles said Thursday. “We have a lot of things going on that I feel like I can be helpful on, like regional water and natural gas drilling, as well as issues related to the 2014 U.S. Opens.
“I would like to be able to follow through on these things and continue to represent our citizens as best I can.”
Boles, 51, said he feels confident the Republican Party can maintain its historic majorities in both the House and Senate next year. Having been in the minority for his first term, Boles said he enjoyed being in the majority.
“It has meant a whole more responsibility and being more a part of the process and decision-making, rather than reading about it in the newspapers,” Boles said.
Boles, who owns a funeral home business based in Southern Pines, said the GOP accomplished most of the 10 items it outlined at the beginning of the legislative session, such as lowering taxes, balancing the budget, reforming government regulations on businesses, improving education and creating jobs.
“We’ve had a little bit better transparency,” Boles said. “There is a better business climate in North Carolina. Are we satisfied with everything? No. Are we through with everything? No. More needs to be done.”
But the legislature failed to muster enough votes to override vetoes by Gov. Beverly Perdue on the energy and jobs bill, which included the fracking issue, and the voter identification bill.
Boles cited the need to review individual and corporate income taxes as one of the priorities next year. He went so far as to say that he doesn’t think North Carolina needs corporate income taxes.
“It doesn’t really contribute much to the general fund,” he said. “You are going to see us take a hard look at all of this next year.”
Most of Moore County is in Boles’ House District 52.
The Deep River-High Falls-Ritter precinct and portions of the Westmoore, Robbins and Carthage precincts are now in the 78th District under redistricting enacted by the General Assembly last year. That district includes most of Randolph County and is represented by Republican Rep. Harold Brubaker, of Asheboro, who has filed for re-election.
Moore County also shares its new state Senate District 29 with most of Randolph County. Sen. Jerry Tillman, a Randolph County Republican, has filed for re-election. He will face a primary challenge from Tommy Davis, of Aberdeen, who filed Monday as Republican candidate for that seat.
The county had been in District 22 with Harrett County, which was represented by Sen. Harris Blake, a Pinehurst Republican who is not seeking re-election.
Clack joins fellow incumbents Bruce Cunningham, Kathy Farren and LauraLang in filing for the four open seats on the eight-member nonpartisan board. Clack, a former principal and administrator, said dealing with declining funding will be one of the biggest issues for the school system.
“Over the past few years, the Board of Education has seen a reduction in school funds unprecedented in the history of the school system,” Clack said. “With troubles in the entire economy, the board has less money to do more than ever before. I have worked diligently, along with the present school board, our departing superintendent and our county commissioners to hold onto as many teachers and personnel jobs as possible, to fuel buses, to heat schools, to feed children, to teach them.
“However, the struggle goes on. I want to remain on the board because I understand the complex problems facing our parents and school employees.
“Our teachers need your voice and mine joined with our dynamic new superintendent, Dr. Aaron Spence, in speaking up and making a difference for children.”
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