Incumbent State Sen. Mike Dugan, R-Carrollton, is set to face former state representative Bill Hembree of Winston in the May 20 primary to represent the heavily Republican district.
Hembree served as the House District 67 state representative for nine terms but resigned his House seat in 2012 to seek the District 30 Senate seat. He lost to Dugan in a runoff.
Dugan said that although he has not had much free time to campaign with the current legislative session set to end Thursday, he has held about 28 town hall meetings and spoken at numerous churches on issues facing lawmakers.
Hembree said he is running for the Senate to be a voice for his constituents.
“I have a plan to attract new jobs to our state while limiting government and cutting wasteful spending,” he said. “I will also work to stop any and all tax increases.”
Hembree also said he would work for ethics reform “and see that the voice of the people is heard.”
Dugan, who is running on his accomplishments as a freshman senator, said his priorities have always been to be a voice for his constituents as well as attracting new industry, being an advocate for better education and improving transportation.
“When businesses look to expand or relocate into an area, they look at the education opportunities in the area as well as transportation,” he said.
Although his legislation regarding lawmaker term limits failed to make it out of committee, Dugan’s bill to limit lobbyist gifts to lawmakers did pass.
The winner between Dugan and Hembree May 20 will face Democrat James H. Nixon in November