In State House District 18, Democratic Incumbent Susi Hamilton trounced challenger James Knox by taking home 70 percent of the vote. And in the race for House District 19, WHQR’s Rachel Lewis Hilburn reports New Hanover County Commission Chair Ted Davis will face Democrat Emilie Swearingen in November.
Davis earned a nearly 35 percent lead over fellow Republican Dean Lambeth. Davis is finishing out his fourth term as commissioner. With 16 years of county service under his belt, he says he’ll miss the job, but he’s eager to represent the citizens of New Hanover County at the State level. He’s pledging to run a clean campaign in the months leading up to November because, Davis says, negative political tactics are what keep more good people from running for public office.
“You don’t have to be ugly to win. You know? I mean you could be above-board and argue the merits of your qualifications and the issues and if people like what they hear and see, they’ll vote for you.”
Incumbent Republican Danny McComas announced in February he would not run for re-election.