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Jones files for re-election


Walter Jones


By Ginger Livingston
The Daily Reflector

Saturday, February 24, 2018

U.S. Rep. Walter Jones formalized his run for a 12th term on Thursday when he filed for re-election to the 3rd Congressional District.

Also filing for office on Thursday and Friday were a Democratic candidate for the District Attorney’s office and a challenger in the Pitt County Board of Education District 1 race.

Jones is so far facing two Republican challengers in this year’s May 8 primaries, Craven County commissioner Scott Dacey and Phil Law, an information technology project manager who served in the United States Marine Corps.

Both men are campaigning as supporters of President Donald Trump. They are critical of Jones’ vote against the tax reform bill that passed late last year and other policies championed by the president. Dacey has already spent more than $180,000 on television and radio advertisement attacking Jones’ voting record.

Jones offered no response to their attacks.

“We have lost sight of the Constitution and the Judeo-Christian values that made this country great,” Jones said in a written statement. “As a conservative, I feel I have an obligation to the people of eastern North Carolina to put an end to out of control spending and make sure our Constitution is upheld. It's that simple. We need common sense in Washington."

On Friday, attorney Derek K. Brown filed as a Democratic candidate for the Pitt County District Attorney’s office. Republicans Lee Allen and Glenn Perry filed earlier this month.

A 1996 graduate of Campbell University School of Law, Brown has split his legal career between private practice and prosecuting.

On different occasions he worked with his father, the late Earl Brown, and the district attorney’s office which served Bertie, Hertford, Northampton and later Halifax counties.

“This is a opportunity to bring my experiences working with law enforcement, as a prosecutor and as a practicing attorney to make Pitt County a better place to live,” Brown said. “It’s an opportunity to engage our communities to help make them a better place to live.”

He wants to address gang activities and the abuse of controlled substances.

Brown said he wants to get behind drug court, which imposes court-mandated drug treatment to break the cycle of addiction and crime. He also wants to explore programs that will aid mentally ill individuals who find themselves in the court system.

A Greenville woman who describes herself as an advocate for public schools filed as a candidate for Pitt County Board of Education District 1 on Thursday.

Tracy Everette-Lenz graduated from Farmville Central High School. Today she is a school psychologist with Wilson County Schools and the mother of three. She has a son who is in the seventh grade at A.G. Cox Middle School and twin daughters who are in the third grade at Ridgewood Elementary School.

“I am a product of public education and had a very good experience here as a student and I continue to have a good experience with my own children at their schools,” Everette-Lenz said. “I want to see children grow and I want to help make decisions that will foster them into being productive citizens.”

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