Cross Posted from The Jacksonian
North Carolina Senator Neal Hunt will have opposition in November. State employee Charles Malone has announced his intentions to challege the incumbent Republican Hunt in North Carolina's 15th Senate District.
Hunt, widely regarded as an ineffective legislator who is able to use his wealth to independently fund his campaign, is aiming to become a major leader within the North Carolina Senate GOP caucus. The Senator appears regularly on talk radio and local TV supporting various right-wing causes.
In the most recent legislative session, Hunt voted against the smoking ban in public places, against text messaging while driving, and against the school violence/bullying bill. In the past, Hunt has opposed state government initiatives designed to promote economic development and financial security for homeowners.
The Malone campaign released this statement to the public regarding the campaign.
I am announcing my candidacy for the Democratic nomination to the North Carolina Senate, District 15, in 2010.
In these times of economic stress, where we see high unemployment, small business failures, increased bankruptcies and home foreclosures, health insurance instability and continued environmental challenges, it is time for the citizens of North Raleigh and Wake County, including the Town of Wake Forest, to have a new leader in the N. C. Senate who will be a proactive legislator on their behalf.
I want to work with both Democrats and Republicans to solve our problems. We need a person who will bring a new perspective to the NC Senate by putting the people before political party loyalty.
As a husband, father, state employee, a former small business manager, and veteran, I have seen how government programs impact families. There is a void in understanding these “kitchen table” concerns in the NC Senate which is causing working families to lose faith in their state government.
I will be a careful steward of the taxpayer dollar. I pledge to examine each issue and how it will impact my district. I will weigh both the costs of progress and the danger of doing nothing to solve issues facing our state.
As a native of Raleigh, and having been raised in nearby Harnett County, I have seen this region of the State grow from the days when Raleigh was a small Capital city of 90,000 people to the metropolitan area it is today with over a million in population. I know the rich heritage that is in Wake County and we must preserve the best of the past, with smart management of the future.
I have been campaigning for months to spread the word of my candidacy and to share with the people my vision of good government and honest and open communication with the public. I bring the perspective of a candidate who is not a career politician. I do not have ambitions to achieve leadership within my party faction and am free to put people before these interests.
I am prepared to take this new journey in my life and give the people of the 15th senatorial district of North Carolina a new choice. I don’t just want their vote, but it is important that I receive their input into what is needed for progress and change in their community.
It is time to move forward and grow together as we bring a new spirit of leadership and commitment to the people of North Carolina’s 15th Senate district. To a new dedication that all citizens are important, not just the few; that all problems have standing, not just those with lobbyists, and that solutions must be sustainable for the next generation, not quick fixes for the specials interests of today.
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