Familiar local face may return to General Assembly

Feb. 10, 2014 @ 06:07 PM

Former Democratic legislator Earl Jones is hoping for a back-to-the-future moment that will allow him to again represent High Point voters in the N.C. General Assembly.
Jones, who served eight years in the Legislature last decade, plans to run for his former 60th State House District seat this year. The seat is being vacated by state Rep. Marcus Brandon, D-Guilford, the High Point Democrat who is running for the open 12th Congressional District. Brandon defeated Jones, then an incumbent, for the state House seat four years ago, then held off a challenge by Jones in 2012.
Jones may have challenge in the Democratic primary from a High Point native. Cecil Brockman, a graduate of Ragsdale High School who’s been an organizer for a host of campaigns, said that he’s “strongly considering” a run for the 60th State House District.
“I’ve gotten a lot of encouragement to run from those in the community,” said Brockman, who’s worked with campaigns for Brandon and N.C. Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, as well as interning with the Democratic National Committee.
Jones, a former member of Greensboro City Council, told The High Point Enterprise that he was planning to run for his old seat regardless of whether Brandon decided to make a bid for Congress.
Jones, a former chairman of the Guilford County legislative delegation, said he’s been telling people for several months that he would run again.
“The campaign strategy stays the same — you deal with the issues,” Jones said Monday as he filed for office.
The 60th State House District covers parts of High Point, Greensboro and outlying parts of Guilford County. The district leans heavily Democratic, meaning the winner of the May 6 primary would be the front-runner for the Nov. 4 general election.
Filing by candidates for this year’s congressional, state legislative and county elections began Monday and continues through Feb. 28. Here’s a list of some candidates who filed:
• Congress: Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-5th; Rep. Richard Hudson, R-8th; Democratic 12th District challengers Alma Adams of Greensboro and Malcolm Graham of Charlotte; Democratic 6th District challenger Laura Fjeld of Orange County; and Republican 6th District challenger Mike Causey of Guilford County.
• Guilford County: State Sen. Trudy Wade, R-Guilford; state Sen. Gladys Robinson, D-Guilford, and 28th State Senate District Democratic challenger Skip Alston; state Rep. John Faircloth, R-Guilford; Democratic Clerk of Superior Court David Churchill; Democratic sheriff challengers Danny Rogers and Phil Wadsworth; at-large Democratic Commissioner Kay Cashion and Republican at-large Board of Commissioners challenger Larry Proctor.
• Randolph County: State Reps. Pat Hurley and Allen McNeill, R-Randolph; state Sen. Jerry Tillman, R-Randolph; Republican District 2 Commissioner Darrell Frye; Republican District 3 Board of Commissioners challengers Todd Daniel, David L. Allen and Dave Craven; Republican District 4 Commissioner Stan Haywood; Republican Clerk of Superior Court Pam Hill; Republican Register of Deeds Krista Lowe; and Republican Sheriff Maynard Reid.
• Davidson County: Republican Clerk of Superior Court Brian Shipwash; state Rep. Rayne Brown, R-Davidson; Republican Commissioner Todd Yates and Republican Board of Commissioners challenger Steve Shell.

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