NC Democrats face tough challenges in 2010
2010 will bring new faces to the state senate for south eastern North Carolina.
In November Senator Julia Boseman announced she would not seek re-election in 2010. Wednesday R.C. Soles, the longest serving State Senator in North Carolina’s history made the same decision and Thursday Senator Tony Rand served his last day in the senate.
Political leaders say the loss of experienced senators could make it difficult for southeastern North Carolina to have its voice heard in Raleigh, but Senator Rand says new faces could actually *help* the region and the democratic party.
“The face of the senate in southeastern North Carolina is going to change rather dramatically, but I feel good about our party and the kinds of things that we work for: job creation, education, the things that really mean a lot to our part of North Carolina’” Rand said. “So I’m looking forward to the future and I think the new group will certainly do as well as we did and hopefully they’ll do better,”
Republican Party members say the big changeover could be their opportunity to gain a majority in Raleigh. Bettie Fennel is running for the eighth district seat which is now held by Senator Soles.
“I think it’s going to be a breath of fresh air for North Carolina,’ said Fennel. “They probably see the tsunami coming next year, because I expect republicans are going to win a great number of senate and house seats.”
Fennel says new senators will bring new ideas that could help the area grow. Although the new senators will lack the experience of Soles, Rand, and Boseman, Fennel says too many years in office, can be a bad thing. “Frankly, I think that creates a lot of corruption.”
For the Democratic Senators, 2009 was a year filled with questions and controversy. Senator Boseman had a very public child custody battle and dealt with several foreclosures. Since announcing his resignation, Senator Rand is under investigation for insider trading and Senator Soles is the subject of two investigations. The first involves a shooting that took place at his home, and the second is allegations of sexual molestation.
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