Simpson, Arp, Brody file for re-election
Since Tuesday, more people have filed to run for state and local offices.
Rep. Dean Arp, R-69, has filed for re-election for state representative. If elected, this will be his second term in office.
Representative Mark Brody, R-55, and Craig Horn, R-68, have also filed for re-election to the state house.
County Commissioner Jerry Simpson, a republican, has filed for re-election for the county commissioner. He currently serves as vice chairman and is seeking a second term.
“I am proud of the many accomplishments we have made over the past three years in positioning Union County for continued growth and prosperity," Simpson wrote in a statement. "As a Board we secured our citizens access to quality health care through a long term agreement with Carolina Healthcare Systems. Significant improvements have been made with regard to infrastructure with new and expanded water agreements with Lancaster County SC and the town of Norwood and expansion of the Twelve Mile Creek Wastewater facility. A rewrite of the Unified Development Ordinance is nearing completion and a consolidated Economic Development organization is working to create new job opportunities county wide.”
Simpson also wrote about the growth in the region in his statement seeking re-election.
“The fourteen county Centralina region which includes Union County is the fastest growing region over one million population in the nation. Union County is a magnet due to its quality of place. County government must be proactive in recognizing this fact and be prepared to serve this growing population," he wrote.
Simpson cited public safety and builing community consensus as two of his priorities.
"Government comes at a cost and we have to decide as a County what we are willing to pay for programs and services," Simpson wrote.
Republicans Mark Harris, Heather Grant and Ted Alexander filed for U.S. Senate, challenging incumbent democrat Kay Hagan.
Republican Antonio Blue of Hamlet filed as a Democrat in the U.S. Eighth District, a seat currently held by Republican Richard Hudson.
Several judges also filed to run, including Mark Martin for Supreme Court Chief Justice; Bob Hunter for Supreme Court Associate Justice, a seat currently held by Martin; Lucy Inman for Court of Appeals Judge, a seat currently held by Hunter; Incumbent Donna Stroud for Court of Appeals Judge and Incumbent Mark Davis for Court of Appeals Judge facing Paul Holcombe, who also filed for that office.
The filing period for federal, state and county offices ends at noon on Friday, Feb. 28.
As previously reported, State Senators Tommy Tucker and Fletcher Hartsell have filed for re-election.
Also, as previously reported, republicans Stony Rushing, Richard Stone and Sherry Hodges have filed to run for the board of county commissioners. All three filed to run as Republicans.