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Tony Moore debating 2018 run


Winterville Councilman Tony Moore


By Ginger Livingston
The Daily Reflector

Friday, February 9, 2018

A Winterville councilman with aspirations for higher office is asking the public to help him decide if he should run for the state Senate or Pitt County Board of Commissioners.

Tony Moore, who has served approximately 20 years on the Winterville Town Council, posted a statement on Facebook Thursday asking for input on which political office he should seek.

He later distributed an email to contacts including members of the media and local business people with the same request.

Moore, 67, who has lived nearly 30 years in Winterville, said he was contemplating a run for state Senate until Commissioner Jimmy Garris announced Monday he would not seek re-election to the District 5 seat this year.

“So many people called me locally, I decided to send a survey out and see what people had to say,” he said.

In his message, Moore said he is committed to serving people.

“Pitt County deserves someone who will fight for this community,” Moore said. He praised Garris for the attention he gave the town of Winterville, attending Town Council meetings for years.

During a Thursday night interview, Moore’s attention was focused on the General Assembly, where he served in the state Senate from 2002-04.

“I’ve been working to go back to the Senate for 14 years,” he said. “If we had somebody from here the influence would help us tremendously.”

According to online records of the N.C. Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement, Moore lives in Senate District 5 which is currently represented by four-term Democrat Don Davis.

Davis, former mayor of the Greene County town of Snow Hill, lived in that community when he was first elected. Now Davis lists his address at The Heritage at Arlington, an apartment complex in the 2700 block of West Arlington Boulevard.

Moore was elected to the state Senate in 2002. A court-ordered redistricting resulted in a new district that pitted Moore against veteran senator John H. Kerr III in 2004. Moore lost that election.

He ran for the state House in 2006 and state Senate in 2008 and 2014 but lost. He attempted to run for Senate in 2012 but his votes weren’t counted when the state elections board determined he didn’t meet residency requirements.

After his 2002 election, Moore switched his political affiliation from Democrat to Republican then back to Democrat.

Moore is now a registered Republican. His current term on the Winterville Town Council ends 2019.

Moore said he looks forward to hearing more recommendations from people living in the Winterville area.

“Winterville has been treated very well by the General Assembly. We have three roads being done: Boyd Street, Laurie Ellis Road Extension and plans for Ange Street; all paid for by the General Assembly or the DOT,” Moore said.

“We’ve been very blessed in this community. I worked hard to get things moving, I spent a lot of days there for the last 14 years.”

Contact Ginger Livingston at glivingston@reflector.com or 252-329-9570. Follow her on Twitter @GingerLGDR.