Former Mayor officially announces NC Senate run, Sen. Lee responds

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Former Wilmington Mayor Harper Peterson officially announced his candidacy against incumbent Senator Michael Lee.

With family, friends and supporters by his side, Peterson said he thinks there needs to be changes made at the state level. Peterson says he’s been concerned about the way the Republican Party has handled the GenX situation.

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“In Wilmington, in New Hanover County and southeastern North Carolina, I hope to change their position in life, to bring the working class people of this community, provide hope and opportunities, let them share in the bounty that this community has to offer,” Peterson said.

Peterson was Mayor of Wilmington from 2001-2003.

He was a founding member of Cape Fear River Watch and is a part of Clean Cape Fear.

“People deserve a senator that won’t put politics before their citizens’ rights to have clean water. They deserve someone who will fight for their family, adequate funding of our public schools, professional pay for teachers, affordable and expanded health care, diversified job opportunities, and a better paycheck. Citizens deserve their elected leadership to be good stewards of their tax dollars. Above all else, they expect public health and safety to be the first and highest priority of public service.”

We reached out to Sen. Michael Lee to get his response.

He sent us the following statement.

“This is a very competitive district and I expect there will always be opposition as there has been in the last few election cycles. Despite this early announcement, I will continue to do as I have done since first taking the oath of office- represent the interests of the people in District 9 by continuing my efforts to provide excellent educational opportunities for our children; supporting the film industry; promoting job creation; and working hard to protect our environment.”