The new court-ordered state legislative maps in North Carolina give Democrats an opportunity to make electoral gains in the state House. The Guilford County map virtually guarantees by virtue of voter composition that one seat will flip.
The opening of candidate filing on Monday brought the first gambit, with Ashton Clemmons, a Greensboro resident who works as an assistant superintendent for Thomasville City Schools, filed for the reconstituted House District 57.
District 57 is one of three districts covering Greensboro that now lean Democratic. Republican John Blust, the senior member of the Guilford County legislative delegation, lives in the new District 57. Blust has reportedly indicated that he will not seek re-election.
It’s no surprise that as an educator, Clemmons is building her campaign around strengthening public education.
“As an educator, mother and lifelong North Carolinian, I believe that our state owes every child a chance at success, and strong public schools are the foundation of that promise,” she said. “The North Carolina I grew up in led the South in keeping that promise, and I see the progress slipping away.
“District 57 residents need a representative who will fight to bring new economic opportunities to local families, increase funding for our public schools, and expand access to healthcare for all residents,” she added.
Democrats need to pick up four seats to break the Republicans’ supermajority, which allows them to override the veto of Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper.
Other Monday filings in Guilford County, include Democrat Amos Quick who is seeking reelection in the redrawn District 58 on Monday.
Democrat Pricey Harrison, who currently represents District 57, filed on Monday to run in the new District 61.
Republican Jon Hardister filed to run for reelection in the redrawn District 59. Like the current district, the new district cover a geographically expansive section of rural eastern Guilford County.
Democrat Cecil Brockman filed for reelection in District 60, which continues to cover much of High Point and portions of southwest Greensboro.
Republican John Faircloth, who currently represents District 61, filed to run in the redrawn District 62. The district, which covers northwest Guilford and includes Summerfield, Oak Ridge and Stokesdale, is currently represented by John Blust. Blust, who lives in Greensboro, was drawn out of the new district.
Other filings on Monday:
NC Senate District 28
• Gladys Robinson (D, incumbent)
Guilford County sheriff
• Steve Parr (R)
- Danny Rogers (D)
Guilford County Commission, at large
- Kay Cashion (D, incumbent)
Guilford County Commission, District 1
- Carlvena Foster (D, incumbent)
Guilford County Commission, District 2
- Alan Perdue (R, incumbent)
Guilford County Commission, District 3
- Justin Conrad (R, incumbent)
- Tracy Lamothe (D)
Guilford County Commission, District 7
- Carolyn Q. Coleman (D, incumbent)
Guilford County Commission, District 8
- Skip Alston (D, incumbent)
Guilford County School Board, District 2
- Anita Sharpe (R, incumbent)
Guilford County School Board, District 6
- Chris Hocker (D)
- Khem Denise Irby (D)
Guilford County School Board, District 8
- BJ Levette (D)
5th Congressional District
• Jenny Marshall (D)
NC Senate District 31
• Dan Barrett (R)
NC Senate District 32
- Paul Lowe (D, incumbent)
NC House District 71
- Evelyn Terry (D, incumbent)
NC House District 74
- Debra Conrad (R, incumbent)
- Terri LeGrand (D)
Forsyth County Commission, District A
- Fleming El-Amin (D, incumbent)
- Tony Lewis Burton (D)
- Tonya McDaniel (D)
Forsyth County Commission, District B
- Don Martin (R, incumbent)
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School Board at large
- Robert Barr (R, incumbent)
- Deanna Kaplan (D)
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School Board, District 1
- Barbara Hanes Burke (D)
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School Board, District 2
- David Singletary (R, incumbent)
- Dana Caudill Jones (R, incumbent)
Forsyth County Clerk of Superior Court
- Susan Speaks Frye (D, incumbent)
Forsyth County Sheriff
- Bill Schatzman (R, incumbent)
- Clif Kilby (D)
- Tim Wooten (D)
- Bobby F. Kimbrough Jr. (D)