Horner's residency upheld

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N.C. Sen. Rick Horner


From Staff Reports

Friday, April 20, 2018

A local lawmaker successfully defended his residency status Thursday at a hearing.

N.C. Sen. Rick Horner, a Republican representing the 11th District, which includes Nash and Johnston counties, has resided in Bailey since December, a three-member panel, two Democrats and a Republican, unanimously determined at a hearing in Smithfield.

“The panel was fair-minded,” Horner said. “People should have faith in the system. Sometimes when you're right, it works out for you.”

Horner, a lifetime Nash County resident, moved to Wilson County in 2009 and was elected to the N.C. Senate in 2016. When District 11 was redrawn to align Wilson County with Edgecombe County, Horner moved to Bailey in a home owned by his family for decades to qualify to run for office again.

Horner is running unopposed in the May primary. He faces Democratic challenger Albert Pacer in the General Election in November.