Ellmers Makes Quick Visit to Moore County
U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers made a brief stop in Moore County Monday just days before she said she plans to file for re-election.
Ellmers spoke to about 30 residents outside the old library on South West Broad Street.
“This is about meeting folks, me getting to know everyone and everyone getting to know me and what I stand for,” Ellmers said.
Ellmers, a Harnett County Republican, spoke for about 15 minutes and then greeted members of the crowd, answering questions and posing for photos.
She stressed a partnership with voters that would help her continue her efforts to decrease the size of the federal government, decrease business regulation, lower taxes and repeal “Obamacare.”
“I need your support,” she said. “I need your vote. I need you to help me. We’re in this together. It has got to be a team effort. This isn’t one person or a combination of a couple people going to Washington to change things. This is about all of you coming with me every day to fight against those who are keeping our country down.”
Ellmers said she plans to file for re-election today (Wednesday). Ellmers unseated veteran Democrat Bob Etheridge in 2010.
Moore County, formerly in the 6th District, is now part of the new 2nd Congressional District. The 6th District is represented by 14-term Republican Rep. Howard Coble, who is also seeking re-election.
Ellmers said she is reminded each time she comes to Moore County how beloved Coble is here, calling him a friend and mentor.
“You are in even better hands now because you have both of us working for you,” she said.
Moore and Lee are the only counties in the newly drawn 2nd District that are not broken up into two or more districts. The new 2nd District includes most of Randolph, Chatham and Hoke counties, part of Cumberland, Harnett and Wake counties and a tiny piece of Alamance.
Two other Republicans have already filed for Ellmers’ seat — Clement F. Munno, of Aberdeen, and Sonya Holmes, of Lee County.
Ellmers said after her speech that she expects the new 2nd District to be a more conservative district. She called the change “bittersweet” but said she will continue to fight for all North Carolinians.
Her plans, she said, will include future trips to Moore County.
“We want to spend as much time as we can here,” she said. “We will be back — very often.”
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