Republican Bettie Fennell is throwing her hat back in the ring for the North Carolina Senate. Last year Fennell and Senator RC Soles ran a heated race for the 8th district seat, representing Pender, Brunswick and Columbus counties. Senator Soles is the longest serving member of the North Carolina legislature. With the census and redistricting scheduled for the next Senate term, Fennel said she plans to run a focused campaign. “We're going to focus more on the issues,” she said. “I think that's the big concern now, not so much personalities or how long my opponent has been in the General Assembly, but on the issues.” Fennell said she will focus on taxes, jobs and the economy in her upcoming campaign. Fennell decided to announce her candidacy more than a year before the election because of questions and encouragement from the community.
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