High Pointer touts endorsements in legislative bid
First-time candidate Cecil Brockman of High Point is hoping that a trio of big-name endorsements will help him win a race for a state House district that covers parts of the city.
Brockman, who is running for the 60th State House District seat now held by Rep. Marcus Brandon, D-Guilford, has received the endorsement of Brandon, High Point Mayor Bernita Sims and Guilford County Board of Education member Ed Price. Brandon is relinquishing the seat this year to run for the 12th Congressional District.
Brockman, a 29-year-old High Point native, is one of three Democrats who filed in the race. The others are former state legislator Earl Jones of Greensboro, who held the seat last decade, and David Small of Greensboro, a son of former Greensboro City Council member Dianne Bellamy-Small.
The May 6 primary winner is virtually assured of taking the seat since no Republican filed in the Democratic-leaning district covering parts of High Point, Greensboro and outlying Guilford County.
Brockman has worked with Brandon since Brandon’s first campaign for the 60th State House District four years ago.
“He has already served the district as my legislative aide and campaign manager,” Brandon said. “I can’t think of anyone better or more qualified then Cecil Brockman, and he has my full support.”
Sims, a longtime Democratic Party activist, said that she’s endorsing Brockman because it’s critical to have an advocate from High Point in the N.C. General Assembly. Brandon and Rep. John Faircloth, R-Guilford, currently are the only two High Point residents in the 170-member N.C. General Assembly.
“I think that it’s important for High Point to have a presence. It’s very important to have someone speaking for us. He (Brockman) understands High Point and will work hard for our community,” Sims said.
Price, a local businessman and civic leader, said Brockman “is a fine young man. I’ve heard good things about him from a lot of people.” Brockman and Price’s son, Will Price, have been friends since they were teenagers.
Brockman, a graduate of Ragsdale High School, has been an organizer for a host of political campaigns.
“After gauging the overwhelming amount of support I had within my community, I decided that it would be an honor to represent these people in the General Assembly. So many of them voiced concerns about real issues that I want to make a priority in Raleigh,” he said.
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Races to be settled this spring
Six state legislative races in Guilford and Davidson counties will be settled in the May 6 primary because no candidate from the opposing party filed to run. The contests are:
• 28th State Senate District in Guilford County — Sen. Gladys Robinson, D-Guilford, against former Democratic commissioner Skip Alston.
• 60th State House District in Guilford County — Democrats Cecil Brockman of High Point and Earl Jones and David Small of Greensboro running to succeed Rep. Marcus Brandon, D-Guilford, who is making a bid for Congress.
• 80th State House District in Davidson County — Appointed Rep. Roger Younts, R-Davidson, against Republican commissioner Sam Watford.
• 33rd State Senate District in Davidson County — Sen. Stan Bingham, R-Davidson, against Republican challenger Eddie Gallimore of Thomasville.
• 57th State House District in Guilford County — Rep. Pricey Harrison, D-Guilford, against Democratic challenger Jim Kee of Greensboro.
• 58th State House District in Guilford County — Four Democrats from Greensboro running to succeed Rep. Alma Adams, D-Guilford, who is running for Congress. The candidates are Kerry Graves, Ralph C. Johnson, Dan Koening and Tigress McDaniel.
Sources: Guilford and Davidson county boards of elections