Sarah Kate Purnell
Guilford County’s presence in the NC House of Representatives will be under six districts this election cycle, with some incumbents running unopposed.
Unopposed incumbent Pricey Harrison’s (D-57) tenure began in 2005, and has been serving in the position for 11 years. Harrison received her Bachelor’s Degree from Duke University, and her J.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law.
Harrison is a former communications law attorney and former volunteer environmental advocate and activist.
“You sent me to Raleigh to improve our local economy and public schools, clean up government, defend the voting rights of Guilford County’s citizens, and protect our state’s precious natural resources.” Harrison stated. “For the past ten years, I have given my all to further these goals.”
Also running unopposed is Amos Quick (D-58). He has served as a member of the Guilford County Board of Education since 2004 and Vice Chairman of the Guilford County Board of Education since 2005.
“The top three issues — among many others — I would work to address as a legislator are: Education (including teacher pay); economic empowerment (including wage stagnation) and, the expansion of health care coverage (including a renewed focus on mental health).” Quick told Greensboro News and Record in February.
Scott Jones (D-59) will challenge incumbent Jon Hardister (R-59). Hardister received his Bachelor’s Degree from Greensboro College and has served in the House for three years. Hardister also serves on the board of directors of the Southeast Guilford Community Foundation, the board of visitors of the UNCG School of Health and Human Sciences and the board of directors of the local chapter of the Boy Scouts.
“Since taking office in January of 2013, I have worked to support legislation that will make government more efficient and allow the private sector to grow.” Hardister describes, “As a fiscal conservative, I believe that it is the private sector, not the government, that creates opportunity for our citizens. That is why I have made it a goal to take a responsible, pro-business approach to solving problems facing our State.”
Jones is running again after an unsuccessful race in 2014. “It is my intention to hold community meetings when elected,” Jones stated during his 2014 running.” This will enable me to serve the citizens in my district by having an open dialect. I plan to have a website where citizens can easily communicate their problems and concerns and have them addressed as quickly as possible.”
Incumbent Cecil Brockman (D-60) runs unopposed for the House seat. Brockman’s Tenure began in January of 2015. Brockman graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte and lives in High Point.
John Faircloth (R-61) also runs unopposed in this year’s race having served in the House since 2011. Faircloth received his A.A. and B.S. from Guilford College, as well as his M.S. in Public Affairs from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Faircloth has previously worked as the City of Salisbury and city of High Point Chief of Police, as well as Vice President and Owner/Broker at Coldwell Banker Triad, Realtors.
“My three terms as State Representative have afforded me the opportunity to bring my leadership and abilities to the committees and the floor of the House resulting in passage of legislation vital to the future of our state.” Faircloth states on his campaign website.
Incumbent John M. Blust (R-16) is running unopposed, and has served since 2001. Blust earned his B.A. and J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a Guilford County native and formerly practiced accounting and law.
“John Blust has a stellar reputation for challenging the status quo on both sides, often standing up to leadership in his own party, and courageously doing the right thing for his constituents,” Blust’s campaign website states.
Further information on candidates is available on Ballotpedia.com and the candidates’ websites.