Items from across the Triad and beyond
NC Rep. Larry Womble announced on
Tuesday that he will not run for office. Womble
spoke by speaker phone from his home during
a press conference coordinated by Rep.
Earline Parmon at the Forsyth County Board of
It was the first time he has spoken
publicly since he was critically injured in a car
accident in December.
Womble’s plans prompted a flurry of election
filings among African-American Democrats in
Forsyth County that are jockeying for position as
a number of seats open.
Womble had planned to run for the NC
Senate District 32 seat, but announced instead
he would support Parmon as a candidate for
the seat. Winston-Salem City Councilman James
Taylor Jr., a Democrat, and Republican Reginald
Reid have also filed for the seat.
Womble’s retirement and Parmon’s entry
into the Senate race opened vacancies in their
respective House districts.
Commissioner Everette Witherspoon filed for
NC House District 71, Womble’s seat, during
the press conference. Evelyn Terry, a former
Winston-Salem City Councilwoman, filed for the
seat on Monday.
Jimmie Bonham filed for House District 72,
which is currently represented by Parmon, who
expressed confidence in him as a potential successor.
Forsyth County Commissioner Walter
Marshall said after the press conference that he
plans to file for the seat on Thursday.
The election ballot has started to fill up since
filing opened on Feb. 13, with tight primary
contests expected in both Forsyth and Guilford
counties as redistricting and ambitions for
higher office open up new seats.
Sen. Pete Brunstetter, a Republican from
Lewisville, has filed for reelection in Senate
Larry Brown of Kernersville will vie with Debra
Conrad of Winston-Salem in the Republican
primary for NC House District 74. The seat is
currently occupied by Rep. Dale Folwell, but
became open with Folwell’s entry into the lieutenant
Brown currently represents
District 73, which was eliminated through
redistricting. Conrad serves on the Forsyth
County Commission. Kernersville Democrat
David Moore is also seeking the seat.
As expected, Rep. Julia Howard has filed for
reelection in NC House District 79, which covers
all of Davie County and part of Forsyth. She
will defend her seat in the Republican primary
against Bill Whiteheart, who currently serves on
the Forsyth County Commission.
The three Republicans representing District
B on the county commission whose seats are
up for reelection all filed, including Chairman
Richard Linville, Gloria Whisenhunt and Dave
Plyler. They will be challenged in the Republican
primary by John R. Bost, Mark Baker and Bob
Guilford County School Board at-large member
Sandra Alexander will have two challengers:
Michael Norbury of Greensboro and Joshua
Lewis of High Point.
Linda Welborn and Dave
Owens filed for the District 5 seat on the school
board that is currently represented by Paul
US Rep. Howard Coble filed for reelection in
the redrawn 6th Congressional District, which
now hugs the Virginia state
line, stretching from Surry County in the west to Person County in the
east, and picking up parts of Guilford, Alamance, Orange, Durham and
Granville counties. Billy Yow, a Guilford County commissioner, and Jim
Allen of Burlington — both Republicans — have also filed for the seat.
Henley, a Democrat and retired federal government employee who
investigated allegations of election fraud in Forsyth County in 2010,
has filed for governor. Former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory, a
Republican, also filed for the office, along with Democrats Bill Faison
and Gary M. Dunn. Faison currently serves in the NC Senate representing
Orange and Caswell counties.
Commissioner of Agriculture Steve Troxler, who lives in Browns Summit, filed for reelection.
Republican Mike Causey, a Guilford County farmer, is challenging Democratic incumbent Wayne Goodwin for state commissioner of insurance.
Gladys Robinson, a Democratic incumbent from Pleasant Garden, filed for
NC Senate District 28, joining challenger Bruce Davis, a fellow
Democrat from High Point who currently serves on the Guilford County
Filing closes on Feb. 29. — JG
Foreclosures down, increased assistance announced
Attorney General Roy Cooper announced North Carolina will receive $338
million as part of a $37 billion national agreement with the country’s
five biggest mortgage servicers to “help lower mortgage payments for
struggling homeowners” along with new rules to protect against improper
agreement prohibits previous foreclosure abuses, including the practice
of robo-signing that Guilford County Register of Deeds Jeff Thigpen
package includes $33.6 million set aside for foreclosure victims in
North Carolina, along with funds to pay for housing counselors,
financial fraud detection and prosecution. The money will also pay for
principal reduction, help homeowners at risk of default and refinance
which keeps track of nationwide foreclosure numbers, reported that
foreclosure filings fell by 7.13 percent from December 2011 to January
2012 in North Carolina, while increasing 3 percent nationally during the
same time. There were a total of 2,541 foreclosure filings in the state
last month, according to the report that came out Feb. 16. — EG