Wilson GOP plans county convention Saturday

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Wilson Republicans are encouraged to start their weekend at the annual county GOP convention.

The free event will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Wilson County Courthouse where legislators and candidates will mingle with attendees.

“We want everyone to come,” said Wilson GOP Chairwoman Christy Fyle. “Anybody who has any interest in the Republican Party or is unaffiliated. We’re really hoping to reach unaffiliated voters and will have signature sheets there to get Kenneth Fontenot on the ballot.”

Fontenot is an unaffiliated candidate who is required to gather 2,000 petition signatures by May 8 to earn a place on the ballot in the N.C. House District 24 race. He is running against state Rep. Jean Farmer-Butterfield, an eight-term Wilson Democrat.

Fontenot will be on hand Saturday to meet voters along with businessman Roger W. Allison of Durham, who is vying for the 1st Congressional District seat held by U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-Wilson, and Richard Scott, who is running to represent Senate District 4 and will face Milton F. “Toby” Fitch, a Democrat and retired superior court judge.

State Rep. Susan Martin, R-Wilson, is scheduled to speak at the county convention. She has announced she isn’t seeking a fourth term. The 2017 court-ordered legislative redistricting process consolidated Wilson into a stand-alone House district, double-bunking Martin with Farmer-Butterfield.

“Susan Martin is going to give an update on happenings in the General Assembly,” Fyle said. “She’ll go over what she’s done and what she sees for the future of Wilson County.”

Advance registration is not required for the Saturday convention. For more information about the event or the Wilson GOP, visit www.facebook.com/WilsonCountyRepublicParty/.