ASHEBORO — Randolph County will have new representation in Raleigh next year in the N.C. House after retirements, redistricting and the 2022 primary changed the slate of candidates.
Following the retirement of long-time Rep. Allen McNeill, Randolph County voters knew they would have at least one new House member next year. In the primary to replace McNeill, pastor Neal Jackson easily captured the Republican nomination. Jackson won 63.5% of the vote as the clear winner over two other GOP candidates.
Incumbent Rep. Pat Hurley faced a strong challenger in current Randolph County School Board member Brian Biggs. After the votes were tallied, Biggs came out the winner with over 52% of the vote. Hurley is in her eighth term in the N.C. House.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the people of District 70 and I will continue to serve them for the rest of this term that ends December 31, 2022,” Hurley said in a statement to North State Journal. “I don’t have any plans, but I’m looking forward to what God has planned for my life. Time will tell.”
Walter Petty captured the GOP nomination in House District 54 which is primarily in Chatham County but includes portions of northeast Randolph County.