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

CoastLine Candidate Interviews 2020: NC House District 20 - Davis Vs. Ericson

WHQR / Katelyn Freund
Rep. Ted Davis (R-NH) is battling Challenger Adam Ericson (D) for the seat in NC House District 20

North Carolina’s House District 20 has new boundaries in time for the 2020 elections.  What used to be a district that included northern New Hanover County is now a smaller area and no longer includes Kure Beach or Carolina Beach.  

District 20 still includes Wrightsville Beach and now also covers Landfall, Porters Neck, Figure Eight Island, and the Holly Tree, Masonboro Loop, and Monkey Junction areas. 

Representative Holly Grange is the two-and-a-half-term incumbent, but she announced her run for Governor, which took her out of the race for state House.   Because of the redrawn boundaries, both Representatives Grange and Ted Davis, Junior now live in District 20. 

Representative Ted Davis, Jr. (R)

Listen to Republican incumbent Ted Davis, current NC Representative for House District 19, running for House District 20.

Ted Davis, Junior has represented House District 19 since 2012, when he was appointed in September of that year.  He was elected to the seat two months later and has won re-election three times.  He is now seeking a fifth term as the Representative of District 20. 

Before his time in the state House, Representative Davis served as an Assistant New Hanover County Attorney, Assistant State District Attorney, and Assistant United States Attorney before opening his law practice in 1984.   

Representative Davis served on the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners from 1996 to 2008. 

He is the Senior Chair of the House Judiciary Committee.  He serves as Chair of the Committee on Appropriations, Justice, and Public Safety, and he is Vice-Chair on four committees:  Appropriations, Education - Universities, and the Judiciary Subcommittees on Civil Matters and Criminal Matters.

Adam Ericson (D)

Listen to Adam Ericson, Democratic Challenger, here.

Adam Ericson teaches history and coaches lacrosse at New Hanover High School.   He also volunteers for Meals On Wheels through St. Mark’s Catholic Church.

Rachel hosts and produces CoastLine, an award-winning hourlong conversation featuring artists, humanitarians, scholars, and innovators in North Carolina. The show airs Wednesdays at noon and Sundays at 2 pm on 91.3 FM WHQR Public Media. It's also available as a podcast; just search CoastLine WHQR. You can reach her at rachellh@whqr.org.