BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- The race to take over R.C. Soles's 8th District Senate seat started smoothly, but as Election Day nears the battle for that seat is heating up. Last night we met Republican Bill Rabon. Tonight we meet David Redwine, the man trying to keep the seat on the Democratic side of the aisle in Raleigh.
With Soles retiring, his Senate seat is open for the first time in 34 years. Former state Rep. David Redwine hopes he can win it and return to Raleigh.
"The number one issue in the campaign is jobs and the economy," Redwine said. "What I'd like to do there is create some jobs. We need some in our area, and I think there are some things we can do like cut taxes to small businesses; give those businesses preferences when they're bidding for state contracts. So that would keep the jobs here in North Carolina."
Education is also at the top of Redwine's list of priorities. He wants to make sure schools stay strong by not falling victim to budget cuts.
"Make our public schools and charter schools the best they can be," he said.
Redwine is currently an insurance broker, but for many years he served as a state House Representative. He says that experience guided him to run for Senate.
"A lot of people came to me and said, 'Look. You're kind of in a unique situation. You got some past experience, but you've been away long enough that you got some new ideas that you can bring to the table,'" Redwine said. "We really have some hard times now in this state, and they thought we needed someone in Raleigh who had been there before who knew what to do and how to do, who's job-ready and can go to work immediately."
In his free time Redwine likes to pick up a book. He also enjoys gardening and spending time with family.
"I enjoy boating. I like to have a good time with my family. We always go on the weekends in the summer time out on our boat, go out to the island with my dog and children, now grandchildren, so we have a good time," Redwine said.
As for the campaign trail, Redwine says it's going well. He hopes the momentum will continue, which will hopefully lead him to the Senate.
"We feel like we have a great chance," he said.