Tuesday and Wednesday saw three filings for local and state offices in Lee County.
On Tuesday, Republican Randy Todd filed for one of the three at-large seats on the Lee County Board of Commissioners, the first member of his party to do so. He is the owner of Todd’s Upholstery on Horner Boulevard.
Three Democrats – incumbents Cameron Sharpe and Amy Dalrymple as well as challenger Mark Lovick – filed for the seats on Dec. 3.
Meanwhile, Democrat Jason Cain of Harnett County filed in Lillington on Wednesday for the North Carolina House seat currently held by Republican John Sauls, who filed for re-election on Dec. 2. House District 51 encompasses all of Lee and part of Harnett County.
A February 2017 op-ed in The Fayetteville Observer indicates that Cain is “a U.S. Army veteran with five combat deployments, the co-director of the Truman National Security Project’s North Carolina Chapter, and a graduate of Campbell University and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.”
Also, Lee County Democratic Party Chairman John Kirkman on Wednesday filed for the North Carolina Senate seat currently held by Republican Jim Burgin, who filed for re-election on Dec. 5. Senate District 12 includes all of Lee and Harnett Counties, and part of Johnston County.
Kirkman is retired from a career in labor relations and human resources and in addition to his work with the Lee County Democratic Party, he’s been involved with Sanford’s S3 Housing Connect, which combats homelessness, Bethesda Inc., a men’s halfway house in Aberdeen, and the Carolina Trace Country Club’s Board of Governors.