Bertie commissioner to seek 1st House District seat

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Ronald D. Wesson


Bertie-Ledger Advance

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

WINDSOR — A Bertie County commissioner said he plans to seek election to the state Legislature in the newly drawn 1st House District.  

Ronald D. Wesson, who is in his second term as a Bertie commissioner, announced his candidacy for the six-county legislative district during a meeting of the Bertie board Monday.

“I will run as a Democrat,” Wesson said. “The state (Democratic) caucus announced my candidacy this morning.”

Wesson noted that Bertie, which formerly was part of the 5th House District, was moved to the 1st House District in the state’s latest legislative redistricting plan. He also noted that Bertie’s population makes up 25 percent of the new district, which also includes Chowan, Camden, Perquimans, Washington and Tyrrell counties.

According to a press release from the N.C. Democratic House Caucus, Wesson, a Bertie native, previously worked as senior vice president and global leader of the Dun & Bradstreet Corp., where he served for more than 31 years. 

Wesson said he has already spoken with the Democratic Party chairmen in all six counties of the district.

“I'm in it to win it,” he said. “I want to serve the citizens, not only of Bertie County, but the entire district.”

Under the state’s former legislative map, Republican Bob Steinburg of Chowan represented a 1st House District made up of five counties and part of Pasquotank County. Steinburg has already announced he will not be seeking re-election to the House. He instead plans to seek election to the state Senate in the newly drawn 11-county Senate District 1. 

Wesson is the second registered Democrat in the redrawn 1st House District to announce a candidacy for what will be an open seat. Quentin Jackson, a new town councilor in Hertford, announced his candidacy last month. If both file, Wesson and Jackson would square off in the Democratic primary in May.

Two Republicans have also announced their candidacies for the 1st House District seat. Eddy Goodwin, a former state Ferry Division director and Chowan commissioner from Edenton, and Candice “CV” Hunter, a marketing company owner and former TV anchor from Hertford, also plan to run for the open seat. If both file, they will square off in the Republican primary in May.

Wesson said if he’s elected to the seat in the November election, he plans to be an energetic representative for eastern North Carolina.

“I want to provide stronger and bolder representation in Raleigh,” he said. “I want to be a strong advocate for the citizens, and if elected, I will work with all people.”

Candidates will begin filing for state and county offices on Monday.