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Second Republican enters State Senate race

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Another Republican is entering the race for the State Senate seat currently held by R.C. Soles. Brunswick County Republicans are supporting Bill Rabon, a veterinarian.

Rabon is a Columbus County native and partner in Southport Animal Hospital. He's also the vice chairman of the Brunswick Community College Board of Trustees.

Rabon says he will focus his campaign on economics, education, and environment. We asked him about the prospects of replacing the longest serving senator in state history.

"New faces, new blood will hopefully cut some of the wasteful spending, renew faith in state government and create jobs," Rabon said.

Rabon will have to compete with Pender County native Bettie Fennell for the Republican nomination. Fennell came close to defeating Soles in the last election.

If elected, Rabon says his top priority will be creating jobs for the people of Brunswick, Columbus and Pender Counties.

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Bill Rabon

I've Known Bill Rabon for many years. My Grandfather worked with him after he retired from Babcock & Wilcox. His family has always been good and kind to my family. Him and his brother would do anything to help anybody they could. I'm a registered Democrat, but I will support his campaign in any way I can. He has my vote and my family's support. Best of luck Bill.

"Dr." Rabon

I just hope he makes a better senator than veterinarian!

Dr. Bill Rabon

Absolutely the best veterinarian that has treated my animals over the past 20 years .He also is one of the smartest and kindest men I know. He is extremely well read and very personable. I have never known him to make an unkind or nonfactual comment about anyone. He will be a great Senator.
I wonder from whom such a comment as the preceding one would come unless it derives it's source from his political opposition.

Dr. Bill Rabon

I met Dr.Bill Rabon today in Hampstead. I liked him a lot he seems like one of us. He is concerned about the run-a-way spending that is going on in our government today. He is not a seasoned politician and that is refreshing He told me that he had cut his practice to take care of his Dad. His Dad recently passed away and has additional time on his hands and feels that is important that he does something for all of our goods.
Frank Stansbury

Well

Dr Rabon outlines a 3 point focus for his campaign.

In the coming weeks, let's hope he puts some meat on the platter so the voters can have a better understanding of how he would achieve his goals.

Has Ms. Fennell outlined any focus?

The primary is May 4.

May the better prepared, more focused candidate win.

Focus and meat on the platter

I grew up with Bill Rabon and, although I am a registered Democrat, I will not hesitate for a second to vote for him in November if the Republican primary voters nominate him over his light-weight opponent from Pender County. I have known the man all my life, and he would be an asset to the state as a member of the Senate.

SurfCityTom, there is no doubt in my mind that he will indeed put some meat on the platter.

And, no, I don't believe Ms. Fennell has any focus, which could explain why she has outlined none.