CoastLine Candidate Interviews: NC House District 16
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.
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.
Candidates for NC House 16:
Johnson Johnson, Democrat
Carson Smith Jr., Republican