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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — We now know at least one candidate running for the Republican nomination for the 9th District NC Senate seat.

Five days after Thom Goolsby shocked many in the GOP by announcing he will not seek reelection a man he once defeated will run to replace him.

Wilmington lawyer Michael Lee says he will run again for the seat. Lee was the GOP nominee for the seat in 2008, but lost to incumbent Julia Boseman. He lost to Goolsby in the 2010 Republican primary.

New Hanover County Republican Party Chair Sam Ibrahim says Lee, Gov. Pat McCrory appointed to the NC Transportation Board, is a candidate that the entire 9th District can rally around.

“Michael is a great Republican, and he believes in the same principles and ideals,” Ibrahim said. “The work that has been done the last two years is extraordinary, and we really need to continue that work. We cannot go back.”

Ibrahim did say Lee could face an opponent in May’s primary but no one has come forward so far.

The filing period runs Feb. 10-28.

Sen. Goolsby told WWAY today he is putting his full support behind Lee as his replacement.

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5 Comments on "Michael Lee to run again for NC Senate, gets Goolsby’s support"

2015 years 9 months ago

Same as the Old Boss (Unfortunately)

2015 years 9 months ago

Good man.

2015 years 9 months ago

Who does Thom endorse for Congress ?
My bet is….. Himself

2015 years 9 months ago

Let’s hope that Lee, unlike Goolsby, has the tact and class not to berate and humiliate his constituents that think differently.

2015 years 9 months ago

Goolsby works to improve the economy and create jobs in NC. Job creation, more than anything else, makes good lives for our citizens. We are on top of our debt, while cutting taxes. Legislators are trimming outdated & cumbersome regulations that chase business away, and make life difficult to impossible for small business owners.

Also, we deserve voter ID just like the majority of states..including IL where I saw a pix of Pres. Obama showing his ID to vote.

Good job, Senator Goolsby.


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