By Justin Jones, Staff Writer
Friday, November 9, 2012 —
Gene McLaurin was the choice among voters within District 25 for the NC Senate after William Purcell, who has held the position for the last 15 years, did not seek re-election.
McLaurin, who had served as the mayor of Rockingham for 15 years, will represent North Carolina’s District 25 in the state senate. He defeated Stanly County Commissioner Gene McIntyre, with an unofficial total showing McLaurin with 52.92 percent of the votes totaling 44,023 spread across Stanly, Anson, Richmond, Scotland and southern Rowan counties. McIntyre received 39,163 votes, with 17,162 of those votes coming from Stanly County.
After the results were known, McLaurin offered his gratitude to the voters and his expectations and goals once he assumes the senate position.
“I’m honored to be chosen by voters to represent citizens in this district. The experience I’ve had serving as mayor in Rockingham and over 30 years of business experience are types of experiences I think have prepared me well to be an effective senator in Raleigh,” McLaurin said.
“Good ideas don’t come with party labels, and I’m going to Raleigh with the view that our district has some issues with things like unemployment, more jobs are needed in these rural districts. That’s going to be a top priority of mine. I think we’ve got to continue to fund our education. Good jobs depend on good schools. I’ll be very clear, I’m an advocate for transparency in state government. (People) need to know how we’re spending their hard earned tax dollars. Stanly County will find me accessible and open to new ideas. We’ve made some great friendships as I’ve campaigned many times in Stanly County.”