Republican state Rep. Jamie Boles has formally announced that he will seek re-election to a seventh term next year.
At least one other Republican candidate, Southern Pines Police Chief Bob Temme, has already announced that he plans to run for state House as well, which will set up a March primary. It will mark the third straight election that Boles has faced an intra-party challenger.
Democrat Lowell Simon, who lost to Boles two years ago, has also announced that he is making another run for House. He did not face a primary challenger last time out.
Boles represents the 52nd district, which includes most of the county, except for the Carthage and DHR precincts and portions of the Robbins and Westmoore precincts. Those are in the 78th district along with Randolph County represented by Republican Allen McNeill.
Boles was first elected elected in 2008 and currently serves as majority deputy whip and chairs several committees including Justice and Public Safety.
“It has been a privilege and an honor to serve the people of Moore County in the North Carolina House since 2008,” Boles said in a news release announcing his re-election campaign. “When I was elected, the state was almost $3 billion in debt. Today, North Carolina has a booming economy and a surplus in its rainy-day fund. North Carolina also has a balanced budget, reduced taxes and reduced regulations on businesses.”
Boles also said that during his tenure in the House, he was able to secure funding to repurpose the closed Samarcand Youth Detention Center into “a state-of-the-art” law enforcement training Center, which has brought jobs to Moore County.
After defeating then-incumbent state Rep. Joe Boylan in a Republican primary on the way to winning the seat in the general election in 2008, Boles sailed through the next three elections without any opposition. In 2016, J.D. Zumwalt, with strong backing by then-County Commissioners’ Chairman Nick Picerno, unsuccessfully challenged Boles in a GOP primary. Two years later, then-Aberdeen Town Commissioner Ken Byrd, who died unexpectedly in June, ran but was unable to take Boles down.
Boles grew up in Aberdeen, attended Moore County public schools, and graduated from Sandhills Community College with an associate’s degree in business administration. Jamie has owned and operated Boles Funeral Homes and Crematory since 1984, with locations in Southern Pines, Pinehurst and Seven Lakes.
Boles has four children whom all graduated from Moore County public schools, as well as two grandchildren who currently attend the public schools. He is an EMT/firefighter serving Moore County since 1976, currently with Whispering Pines Fire and Rescue. He is a member of Bethesda Presbyterian Church in Aberdeen.
“I am proud to have a proven conservative record and to be a strong supporter of pro-life, second amendment rights and voter integrity,” he said in the news release. “I still have important work to accomplish on various issues facing our state, and I ask for your continued support and prayers in this upcoming election.”