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Richardson offers fresh voice in N.C. House

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Nash County residents have a new representative in the N.C. House.

Dr. Bobbie Richardson of Franklin County was appointed last week to take over the District 7 seat formerly held by Angela Bryant.

Bryant moved to the N.C. Senate to fill the District 4 seat formerly held by Ed Jones, who died last month.

We are sad about the circumstances surrounding the shuffling of seats. However, we are eager to welcome Richardson to her new role.

She brings a variety of experiences to the job that likely will serve her well as a state lawmaker and enable her to be a strong advocate for this area.

Richardson most recently served as director of exceptional children services for Vance County Schools. She has a strong background in education and also has served in a number of other leadership roles.

Her past work experiences include serving as a consultant for the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, director of exceptional children for Warren County Schools, director of exceptional students program for the Department of Correction Division of Prisons and school administrator for licensure, personnel and curriculum for the Department of Correction Division of Prisons.

Although we are sad to be losing a representative from Rocky Mount in the District 7 N.C. House seat, Richardson brings strong qualifications to the position.

We hope she will be mindful of Nash County and the Rocky Mount community as she steps into her new role. Richardson already has pledged that she will work to meet with people, businesses and other organizations in Nash County, which is a positive sign.

We look forward to getting to know her and seeing much more of her throughout Nash County during the coming months.