Hunter to seek House 1 seat

Candice Hunter House District 1

By Jon Hawley
Staff Writer

Saturday, December 16, 2017

HERTFORD — A second Republican has announced plans to seek election to the N.C. Legislature next year in the new six-county House District 1.

Candice “CV” Hunter, 45, of Hertford said Friday she plans to file for the GOP primary in the district that now includes Chowan, Perquimans, Tyrrell, Bertie, Washington and Camden counties

Hunter, a marketing company owner and former TV anchor, joins former state ferry director Eddy Goodwin as the only announced candidates so far for the House District 1 seat. The current representative in District 1, state Rep. Bob Steinburg, R-Chowan, has announced he’s seeking election next year in the newly drawn Senate District 1. Also seeking the Senate District 1 seat is Clark Twiddy, a Republican from Dare County.

Hunter, a former Miss Currituck who spent her later high school years in Camden and Currituck counties, explained Friday that she returned to northeastern North Carolina earlier this year to care for her father. Prior to then, she worked in both Norfolk, Virginia, and Cincinnati, Ohio, as a television news anchor before launching her own marketing company. 

As she reconnected with the area and learned about its problems, including the loss of population due to lack of economic opportunity, Hunter said she decided to run for public office.

“I came home because this is where I want my family to be and it's where I know I can make the biggest difference,” Hunter said in a press release. “I'm going to work tirelessly to earn each and every vote across the district, and I'll work just as hard in Raleigh to help create opportunities for my constituents next year.”

Hunter declined to engage in a detailed discussion about her platform and positions, but said her three priorities are infrastructure — including increasing access to broadband internet — education, and jobs and the economy. She'll release details on her issue positions next year, she said.

“We can't just continue to have children educated and then have brain drain” as they leave the area for better opportunities, Hunter said. Parents today want jobs that will give their children a reason to stay here, she said.

Hunter also declined to express her views on Steinburg, saying she's “not in the business of rating people” and is focused on the present and the future.

She also declined to discuss two of the issues Steinburg has been vocal on: renewable energy and, more recently, prison reform. Asked about renewable energy's impact on infrastructure and economic development, Hunter said “everyone has an opinion on that.”

Goodwin, who served as ferry chief under former Gov. Pat McCrory and before that served as chairman of the Chowan Board of Commissioners, announced his candidacy for the new House District 1 seat last month. Like Hunter, he described infrastructure and transportation funding as priorities of his. 

It's not clear yet if any Democrats will run for the House District 1 seat. Washington County Commissioner Cole Phelps said he considered running but ultimately decided not to.