Steinburg to seek Senate seat in 2018


State Rep. Bob Steinburg


From staff reports

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

EDENTON — State Rep. Bob Steinburg, R-Chowan, has officially announced he will not seek re-election to his seat in House District 1 but instead seek the seat in Senate District 1 being vacated by Sen. Bill Cook, R-Beaufort, who’s not seeking a fourth term.

In a press release Monday, Steinburg said, “I have worked my entire life for the conservative values that made America the ‘shining city on a hill’ that President Ronald Reagan so wisely recognized.”

Steinburg expressed an interest in the Senate District 1 seat following the General Assembly’s release of a redistricting plan this summer in response to court rulings. However, he offered the caveat that his ultimate decision would be based on whether the new district lines survived legal review.

The federal court for the Middle District of North Carolina is still reviewing the redistricting plan, but the court isn’t scrutinizing the new, 11-county Senate District 1.

Steinburg’s commitment to run sets up a likely GOP primary contest with Clark Twiddy, a Republican from Dare who is Cook’s endorsed successor. Twiddy is a U.S. Navy veteran who now manages his family’s rental property business in Kitty Hawk.

Steinburg’s release touts the three-term lawmaker’s long allegiance to the Republican Party and his legislative work since getting elected in 2012, including standing by the controversial “bathroom bill,” House Bill 2, successfully pursuing Foreign Trade Zone status for the region to spur job growth, and now seeking reforms to the state’s corrections system in the wake of a deadly escape attempt at Pasquotank Correctional Institution.

Though not naming Twiddy in the release, Steinburg made a point of noting he’s “never given a dime to liberals.” Steinburg has previously criticized Twiddy’s donations to now-Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat. Twiddy, who also donated to Cooper’s predecessor, Gov. Pat McCrory, has described the donations as a business decision.