A Beaufort County Commissioner has signed on to challenge North Carolina Senate Pro Tem Marc Basnight for his state senate seat. At noon Monday when election filing began, Republican Hood Richardson signed on the dotted line to run against incumbent Democrat Marc Basnight, who has held the district one seat for eleven terms. Richardson says recent polls show he has a good chance to beat the popular Democratic senator. Basnight says "I haven't filed for re-election yet, but I do plan to file and run. Anyone is welcome to file and run. I do not own the office."