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Barnes files to run for N.C. House seat

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Lisa Barnes signs a notice of candidacy on Friday at the Nash County Board of Elections in Nashville.

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BY LINDELL JOHN KAY
Staff Writer

Saturday, February 24, 2018

NASHVILLE — Nash County Commissioner Lisa Barnes has filed to run for the N.C. House District 7 seat.

Barnes, a Republican, is serving her second term as a county commissioner.

N.C. House District 7 is comprised of all of Franklin county and the southern part of Nash county, including the Middlesex and Bailey areas.

Barnes will face Glen Bradley, a Franklin County Republican, in the May primary.

Bradley, from Youngsville, announced his intention to run late last year and filed Feb. 12. He previously served a term in in the N.C. House from 2011-12.

A small business owner and former U.S. Marine, Bradley said he's a Christian who will defend the right of conscience for everyone.

"I am a strict Constitutionalist who cannot be bought, and I would rather die than sell out," Bradley said. "My public record demonstrates that I will stand for the fundamental conservative principles and the rights of citizens even when I have to do it standing alone, but that we all do our best work when we all work together."

The winner between Barnes and Bradley — and any other Republican who might file before Wednesday's deadline — will face the Democratic nominee in the General Election. N.C. Rep. Bobbie Richardson, D-Franklin, has filed for re-election.

Barnes said she believes the best way to achieve positive change is by engaging with the community — a commitment she has demonstrated in various roles, including volunteering with prison ministry services at the N.C. Correctional Institution for Women.

Barnes said her diverse experience with business, managing budgets, volunteering in the community and working to solve problems as a county commissioner will enable her to provide conservative leadership with a common-sense approach.

“We need leaders in the General Assembly who understand that government’s main function is to balance the budget, control spending and keep taxes low, so that individuals and communities can continue to excel and reach their highest potential,” Barnes said.

Barnes — who has repeatedly voted to maintain the county's property tax rate — said her campaign will focus on bringing principled, conservative leadership to North Carolina. This will best be achieved by balancing the budget, keeping taxes low, limiting government spending and reforming health care.

Barnes said she'll accomplish her legislative goals via a strong grassroots approach, grounded in her deep sense of dedication and passion for facilitating the continued prosperity for people in her community. Specifically, she is committed to a diverse and transparent economic development plan designed to help businesses and industries continue to grow and expand.

Barnes, who's married with three children, has served as a member of the Nash County Planning Board, the Farmers Market Board, the Trillium Health Resources Regional Advisory Board, the Nash UNC Health Care Board of Commissioners and several other boards.

Barnes is a graduate of the UNC School of Government’s Advanced Leadership Corps program and is a mentor with the Local Elected Leaders Academy.

“As a county-elected leader, I have always made it a priority to listen and put citizens first," Barnes said. "I look forward to the opportunity to meet voters across the district during my campaign, because I recognize that only together can we make the most effective change.”

Barnes was one of just two hopefuls to file candidacy paperwork this week in Nash County.

Nick Taylor filed to run in N.C. House District 25 as a Libertarian.

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