NEW INFO: Hood Richardson Seeking Basnight's Senate Seat

One of the most powerful elected officials in the state will have some competition this election cycle.

Beaufort County Commissioner Hood Richardson says he will run against 13-term State Senator Marc Basnight of Dare County. Richardson tells WITN News that he will formally declare his candidacy in Raleigh Wednesday.

The First Senatorial District is comprised of Beaufort, Camden, Currituck, Dare, Hyde, Pasquotank, Tyrrell, and Washington Counties.

Basnight is the President Pro Tempore of the North Carolina Senate. He
filed for re-election to a 13th term Tuesday morning. He said that creating jobs and building a sound educational system would be his continued focus if re-elected.

Basnight is a Democrat, and Richardson is a Republican.

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