Few primary challenges for area legislators

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — If you head to the polls in southeastern North Carolina this spring for primary elections, there’s a good chance you won’t see races for the General Assembly on your ballot.

There are three senate districts and seven house districts that cover Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover and Pender counties. But of those 10 districts, only three will have a primary May 6.

Republican Frank Iler, who represents part of Brunswick County in the 17th House District will face Marion Davis in a primary. The winner of that race faces Democrat Charles Warren, who served as a Brunswick County Commissioner as a Republican, in the general election.

Two senate races will be on May ballots. Democrats Danny Hefner and Ernie Ward battle to decide who will challenge incumbent Republican Bill Rabon for his 8th District seat representing parts of Brunswick, Pender and Columbus counties. Rabon beat Hefner two years ago.

Meanwhile Republicans Michael Burns, Michael Lee and Justin LaNasa are running for the 9th District seat Thom Goolsby is leaving. The winner moves on to November and takes on Elizabeth Redenbaugh, who was elected to the New Hanover County School Board in 2008 as a Republican, but later switched parties.

All but two area legislative races are unchallenged at all this year. Democrat Susi Hamilton faces no opponents for the 18th District in New Hanover and Brunswick counties as she seeks a third term in the House. Republican Ted Davis is unopposed for a second term in the 19th House District in New Hanover County.