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CoastLine Candidate Interviews: NC House District 16

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Katelyn Freund
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On this edition, our focus is on North Carolina House District 16 – which covers Pender County and about a portion of Columbus County, according to the newest maps. 

Chris Millis, a Republican from Pender County served three terms before resigning in September of 2017.  Bob Muller was appointed to serve out the term, but he declined to run this year – citing his age.  Carson Smith is the Republican nominee; John Johnson is the Democratic candidate.  We’ll meet both of them today – in alphabetical order.

John Johnson says he’s a native of Pender County.  He worked for AT&T for 30 years – after attending the University of North Carolina Wilmington – followed by The Citadel – where he earned his MBA.  Now retired, he has moved back to Burgaw.  This is first run at elected office.

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Listen to John Johnson here.

Carson Smith is the Republican nominee.  He has served Pender County as Sheriff for 16 years – after first winning the seat in 2002.  But he’s worked in the public safety sector for more than three decades – as a volunteer for the local fire department and rescue squad, a sheriff’s office dispatcher, and as a deputy sheriff in Pender County.  He’s also worked for the Topsail Beach Police Department and the North Carolina Highway Patrol.

He recently completed a term as President of the North Carolina Sheriff’s Association.  

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Listen to Carson Smith here.

Candidates for NC House 16:

Johnson Johnson, Democrat

Carson Smith Jr., Republican