Democrat Lowell Simon filed Monday to make another run for the N.C. House District 52 seat in the 2020 election.
He was among the first candidates to file Monday afternoon at the Board of Elections office in Carthage. The filing period opened at noon.
Incumbent County Commissioners Louis Gregory and Frank Quis also filed for re-election. Both are Republicans.
Simon said in a new release that he is campaigning to make positive changes in the state’s support of education, health care and environmental protection, as well as creating pathways to better paying jobs and equal rights for all citizens.
“I’ve been building a grassroots campaign for almost two years,” Simon said in a news release announcing his filing at the Moore County Board of Elections office in Carthage. “With support coming from all corners of North Carolina. I am looking forward to taking on whoever the Republican Party puts forward and discussing the real issues that face Moore County citizens every day.
“I’m proud to join Democrats from across the state in filing for office today to work towards a better North Carolina — a North Carolina that places a priority on public education, affordable health care, fair wages and the basic rights of our citizens.”
Simon lost to Republican state Rep Jamie Boles two years ago. Boles has also announced that he plans to run for re-election to a seventh term. He is expected to be challenged by Southern Pines Police Chief Bob Temme in a March GOP primary.
Simon did not face a primary opponent two years ago.
The 52nd District includes all of Moore County with the exception of the Carthage and DHR precincts and parts of the Robbins and West Moore precincts. Those are in the 78th District along with Randolph County and is represented by Republican Allen McNeill.
Simon is an entrepreneur, having created several Moore County businesses over the years. When he retired from active business he segued to the Moore County School System as a high school math teacher at Union Pines. In the middle of his teaching career he combined the two disciplines and became an entrepreneurship teacher, founding The UPstart Center, where he taught high school students about business start-up, marketing and accounting.
He worked with students and local businesses by putting on county-wide “Shark Tank” events which involved all three public high schools. He continues to help to make connections between businesses and students.
Among other local races on the ballot, Quis is seeking a second four-year term for the District 4 seat on the Moore County Board of Commissioners. He a former Southern Pines mayor and town council member.
Quis defeated former Whispering Pines Mayor Bob Zschoche in Republican primary in 2016 and did not face a Democratic opponent in the general election.
Quis currently serves as chairman of the board.
“I feel like we have made progress on a number of fronts and I would like to continue my service for four more years,” Quis said in a brief statement to The Pilot.
Gregory, who lives in Seven Lakes, is also seeking his second term on the board for the District 2 seat. He announced back in February that would seek re-election. He said in a statement back then that the county has made many accomplishments but that there are “many challenges we will face in the future.”
Gregory currently serves on the Board of Directors of the N.C. Association of County Commissioners.
After retiring from a career with CSX — his last position was as police superintendent of the north-end region — Gregory moved to Whispering Pines in 2003 and was appointed police, a post he held until 2009.
Gregory did not face opposition in either a primary or the general election in 2016. He made his first run for commissioner in 2014, narrowly losing to Commissioner Otis Ritter in a Republican primary for the District 3 seat.
Also Monday, filing opened for congressional seats after a three-judge panel ruled that new maps passed by state lawmakers last month can stand for the 2020 election.
The judges had blocked filing in the congressional races until they could consider the new maps.
Moore County will be split between the 8th and 9th congressional districts for the 2020 elections. Both are represented by Republicans — U.S. Rep Richard Hudson in the 8th District and U.S. Rep. Dan Bishop in the 9th District — for the next two years until new ones are drawn next year based on the 2020 U.S. Census.
The more populous southern part of the county is now part of the 9th District. That includes all of the precincts in Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen, Pinebluff, Taylortown, West End and Seven Lakes.
It splits the Eureka (Whispering Pines) and Eastwood precincts between the two congressional districts.
The Carthage, Cameron, Vass, Bensalem, DHR (Deep River-Ritter-High Falls), Little River, Robbins and Westmoore precincts would remain in the 8th District.
Hudson announced Monday afternoon that he is filing for re-election to another term.
“I’m running for re-election to continue to be a conservative, common sense voice for the people of North Carolina’s 8th District,” Hudson said a news release. “I’ve always been clear on my priorities for the district – creating an environment where folks can find good-paying jobs, rebuilding our military and being a voice for our veterans. I look forward to continuing to share our positive message from Cumberland to Cabarrus and everywhere in between."
Hudson pointed out that he was ranked as the most effective legislator in North Carolina by the Center for Effective Lawmaking during the last Congress, and has “a history of being one of the most conservative voices in Congress who can also work across the aisle to get things done.”
The filing period runs through noon Friday, Dec. 20. Primary elections will be held March 3.