Farmer-Butterfield files for ninth state House term

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The first week of filing for the May primaries included a number of incumbents as well as some political newcomers.

As far as Wilson’s representatives in Washington, U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-Wilson, had not filed for re-election as of Friday, but newcomer Roger Allison of Durham submitted his paperwork Tuesday to represent the 1st Congressional District. Meanwhile, Republican U.S. Rep. George Holding from Raleigh will face Allen Chesser from Louisburg to represent the 2nd District. Democrat Linda Coleman has announced her candidacy for Holding’s seat but had not filed as of Friday.

In the General Assembly, Rep. Jean Farmer-Butterfield, D-Wilson, currently is unopposed to represent District 24 in the N.C. House. She made her intentions to seek a ninth term official Friday afternoon. The new District 24 includes all of Wilson County.

In the redrawn Senate District 4, retired Superior Court Judge Milton F. “Toby” Fitch Jr. submitted his paperwork Friday and will face fellow Democrat O.D. Sykes of Weldon to represent all of Wilson, Edgecombe and Halifax counties.

Republican state Sen. Rick Horner filed to keep his District 11 seat and moved from Wilson to his longtime family home in Bailey after Wilson County was drawn out of the district during the 2017 court-ordered redistricting process.

In terms of county leadership, District Attorney Robert Evans currently is unopposed to represent the 7th Prosecutorial District of Wilson, Edgecombe and Nash counties. Sheriff Calvin Woodard Jr. will face off against fellow Democrat Chris Boykin to be elected the county’s top cop. While Wilson County’s Clerk of Superior Court Andrew Whitley has announced he will not run for re-election, Caroline Farris Quinn filed her paperwork Monday for the post.

Six sitting members of the Wilson County Board of Commissioners have filed for re-election, but District 2 Commissioner Sherry Lucas has yet to file.

The filing deadline is noon on Feb. 28.