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Kimberly Robb sits in her office on the 3rd floor of the Pitt County Courthouse on Tuesday afternoon. Robb was appointed by Gov. Pat McCrory on Monday to succeed Clark Everett as district attorney. (Rhett Butler/The Daily Reflector)


By Ginger Livingston
The Daily Reflector

Friday, February 16, 2018

When Pitt County’s current district attorney announced last month she was not seeking re-election, she offered no clues about her future plans.

Now she has.

Friday afternoon Kimberly Robb filed as a Republican candidate for state Senate District 5, which encompasses all of Pitt and Greene counties.

Also filing Friday were Republican Greg Murphy, who is seeking his second full term as state House District 9’s representative, and Bobby Murphy, a fifth candidate for Pitt County Sheriff.

Robb said she is seeking the state senate seat because the work interests her and she wants to make a difference.

“I knew when I decided not to seek re-election I didn’t want to end my public service. I really care very much about eastern North Carolina and I want to continue to serve the people. I think it’s time for a change for me personally and for the state,” she said.

Robb said she cares about law enforcement and public safety issues and wants to work with Murphy who has become a leading voice in the efforts to end the state’s opioid epidemic.

Robb said she looks forward to meeting with people and learning about their concerns and what they think are the issues the General Assembly should be addressing.

Robb will face Winterville Councilman Tony Moore in the May 8 Republican primaries.

Democrat Don Davis, former Snow Hill mayor, currently holds the seat. While he has not filed for re-election, he said last week he will.

In a news release, Robb described Senate District 5 as highly competitive in statewide races. No Republican has challenged Davis since 2012.

“Our district simply hasn’t had the leadership it deserves,” Robb said in a news release. “We deserve a no-nonsense senator who will work tirelessly for families across eastern North Carolina. That’s what I’ve done my entire career, and I’d be honored to continue that service in Raleigh, fighting for the community I love.”

Robb has called Pitt County home for three decades. She and her husband, Jeff, met while tailgating before an East Carolina football game. They have three children.

Robb was appointed district attorney in 2013. In a news release, she said she spent the first 20 years of her career in Pitt County as a felony child abuse prosecutor. For the past year, she has served as president of the Conference of District Attorneys.

Murphy, a Greenville urologist, was appointed to District 9 in 2015 to fill an unexpired term. He won his first full term in 2016. Last year, Murphy became the leading proponent for legislation that regulates opioid prescriptions, increases access to naloxone, which can reverse opioid overdose, and allows local governments to support needle exchange program. The Strengthen Opioid Misuse Prevention (STOP) Act was signed into law in June.

“I believe I am part of a very important thing we have going in Raleigh. I feel I’ve been an asset to the people of Pitt County and the people of the entire state,” Murphy said. “I feel at present time there is still work to be done and I contribute something meaningful to it.”

Murphy said he will continue campaigning to secure funding to build a new facility for the Brody School of Medicine and increase it’s class size to 120 students.

Along with pursuing health issues, Murphy said he also wants to pursue issues involving business, education and transportation.

“You look at eastern North Carolina we share a lot with the western part of the state. We both have very difficult situations attracting businesses. Those are our challenges,” Murphy said. “We are working on our educational structure. Business wants to come to a place where employees are going to be happy and productive. In doing so they have to have educational opportunities, cultural opportunities and a good place to live. That’s what the entire package is; working towards those things in eastern North Carolina.”

The fifth candidate for sheriff is Bobby Murphy, who is running for the Democratic Party nomination along with Paula Dance and Tony Williams, two veterans with the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office. Randall “Randy” Mitchell, a former detention center officer, and Gary Weaver, a retired sergeant with the State High School Patrol, are running for the Republican Party nomination.

Murphy is a 30-year law enforcement veteran who retired from the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office in 2014.

“I want to make a big difference than what is being done right now,” Murphy said. “I want to make sure more officers are on the street. I want to utilize all of our manpower effectively. Sometimes people can become complacent by sitting in the office. They need to be on the street were their eyes and ears can be utilized.”

Murphy, who is not related to Rep. Greg Murphy, said experience is the difference between him and the other candidates.

“I bring more experience that all of them. I worked investigation, I worked narcotics, I worked the jail and I worked court,” he said.

Filling for the 2018 election continues through noon, Feb. 28.

Candidate List

■ Congress

1st Congressional District

Roger Allison

3rd Congressional District

Scott Dacey - Republican

Phil Law - Republican

■ General Assembly

N.C. Senate District 5

Kimberly Robb - Republican

Tony Moore - Republican

■ N.C. House District 8

Mildred Atkinson Council - Democrat

Kandie Smith - Democrat

N.C. House District 12

George Graham (I) - Democrat

Chris Humphrey - Republican

■ Board of Commissioners

District 1

Ann Floyd Huggins - Democrat

District 2

Mary Perkins-Williams (I) - Democrat

District 4

Alex Albright - Democrat

Benji Holloman - Republican

District 5

Mike Fitzpatrick - Republican

District 6

Glen Webb (I) - Republican

■ District Attorney

Lee Allen - Republican

Glenn Perry - Republican

■ Clerk of Court

Sara Beth Fulford Rhodes (I) - Democrat

■ Sheriff

Bobby Murphy - Democrat

Paula Dance - Democrat

Tony Williams - Democrat

Gary Weaver - Republican

Randy Mitchell - Republican

■ Board of Education

District 1

Robert Moore (I)

District 5

Levi C. Smith Sr.

District 7

Caroline Doherty (I)