Thursday, April 24, 2014 —
Republican voters in Stanly County and much of Montgomery will choose between two Albemarle businessmen in the N.C. House primary for the 67th District.
Incumbent Justin Burr, elected to the N.C. House in 2008, lists conservative and efficient government at the top of his platform. A key budget writer for the past two-terms, he has also served on the GOP leadership team as the party took control of the legislature with a supermajority in both chambers last year. The Speaker of the House appointed Burr chairman of the Appropriations Committee and vice chairman of Rules, Calendar and Operations, the two most powerful committees of the House. He was also named a 2013 Defender of Liberty by the American Conservative Union. Burr is a bail enforcement agent for Burr Bail Bonds and a licensed real estate broker.
Spurred into politics in the summer of 2011 by the controversy between Stanly County and Alcoa over the relicensing of dams and by a local bill filed by Burr, that he viewed as passed for “pure political reasons,” Peter Asciutto won a seat on the Stanly County Board of Commissioners in 2012.
He has made government transparency and keeping residents informed two of his priorities and prides himself on representing all of his constituents, regardless of party affiliation.
The owner of Vac & Dash in downtown Albemarle, Asciutto has said that, if elected, he will expand his current practice of working one day a month in a government department to the district and around the state.
The winner of the GOP Primary in the 67th District will face Nalin Mehta in the November General Election. Mehta is the sole Democrat to file for the office.
Luanne Williams is a freelance contributor for The Stanly News & Press.
Editor’s Note: Candidates for N.C. House were emailed a list of questions and a limit of 200 words per question. Here are their answers, which have been edited for length and clarity.