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Complete coverage of Elections 2020. Reporting on major contested races in New Hanover and Brunswick Counties.

CoastLine Candidate Interviews: NC Senate District 9, 2020

Democratic Senator Harper Peterson is defending his seat against a challenge from former Republican Senator Michael Lee in 2020

North Carolina Senate District 9 covers the majority of New Hanover County – with the exception of small northern slice that is part of District 8. 

It was two years ago that North Carolina Senator Harper Peterson, a Democrat from New Hanover County, pushed then-Senator Michael Lee, a Republican, out of his seat by a fraction of a percentage point.  This year, the Cape Fear region is witnessing a re-match of sorts as Lee now challenges Peterson. 


Harper Peterson, NC Senator District 9 (D-New Hanover County), Wilmington City Council 1995-1999; Mayor of Wilmington 2001-2003; Founding Member, Cape Fear River Watch;  helped to launch the community watchdog group Clean Cape Fear

Campaign websites:  https://www.harperpetersonsenate9.com/


Michael Lee, former NC Senator District 9 (R-New Hanover County); commercial real estate and land use attorney; Member, Board of Directors, The Hunt Institute; Member of the fifth Cohort of The Institute’s Hunt-Kean Leadership Fellows program; former Member, Board of Directors, NC Board of Transportation; former Chair, NC Ports Authority

Campaign websites:  https://www.leefornc.com/