Arthur Williams Running As Republican For NC House

Arthur Williams says he's running as a Republican for his old seat in the North Carolina House.

Williams, from Beaufort County, was elected as a Democrat when he previously served in the North Carolina House of Representatives. He was defeated in the 2010 election.

In October 2011, he changed his party to Republican.

He tells WITN his decision to run comes at the request of his constituents, and leadership in Raleigh.

Williams is running for the District 6 seat this week.

Previous Story from October 2011:

Is former state lawmaker Arthur Williams planning to run for public office again?

We may know the answer to that October 18.

Williams told WITN News this week he is holding a press conference Tuesday at the N.C. Estuarium in Washington at 5:30 p.m.

Sources speculate Williams plans on running for former Marc Basnight's Senate seat. There is also speculation he may run as a Republican.

Williams declined to comment on that speculation during WITN's phone conversation this week, stating he has hired Raleigh professionals to handle his media matters and would not be releasing any information until the press conference.

Williams, from Beaufort County, was elected as a Democrat when he previously served in the North Carolina House of Representatives. He was defeated in the 2010 election.

Williams lobbied to take over Basnight’s seat when Basnight resigned in January 2011, but Dare County’s Stan White was nominated to that position.

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  • by Switcharoo on Feb 5, 2012 at 06:22 PM
    When the going gets tough. Let's play switcharoo . I don't think people will care. Hasn't worked for most in the past and I don't see it working in the future.
  • by c-had Location: police state nc on Feb 3, 2012 at 11:51 AM
    Democrat=Republican.If you dont think so look at the records.NAFTA was introduced under Bush SR. and signed into law by Bill Clinton.It matters not who the figure heads are the real controllers are international bankers.This is why presidents promise much and deliver little.They serve their masters not you and me.Have you ever wondered why no matter who the president is, Democrat or Republican, they never make ANY progress on the issues important to the American people.Educate yourself and see the light.
  • by Nan on Feb 2, 2012 at 08:27 PM
    Give it up old man you are through!!!! You didnt do anything while you were in office before. Its been nice without you. Go away and dont waste your money runnin
  • by Understand on Jan 29, 2012 at 04:46 PM
    Perhaps Mr. Williams has finally realized how flawed, I'm being polite, the Democratic party is. They say they speak for the middle class and working poor, however which party was in power when the policy that automatically raised the gas tax every other month was voted into law!!!! Who is hurt more?
  • by Amazes Me on Jan 26, 2012 at 09:44 PM
    If I had lost an election for any office. I hope I could take the hint, The people spoke and loudly. It is time to give it up. This type of thing happens frequently in all politics. No matter what office they are running for. They have no shame. Flip Floppers. I will vote for the one that stays true to the people and party. Never someone that can't figure our their own affiliation. They couldn't cast a positive vote for anything. Some people can't be taught. That's in our local politics as well.
  • by Worked for Walter B Jones Location: USA on Jan 26, 2012 at 06:52 PM
    It never ceases to amaze to what lengths career politicians will do to stay in office. Just Like when Walter B Jones lost to Eva Clayton in the 90s. That was the last time republicans swept office like in '10. He switches partys and says how the democrats did not represent his values like the republicans do! If he would've won, he would've never switched partys!! Waiting for him to do the same as Jones!! It really doesn't make much differnce how you voter anymore, as they are ALL the status quo!! We should vote out every incumbent, regardless of party, and then maybe they would start representing us instead of PACs and the lobbyists!!
  • by Anonymous on Jan 26, 2012 at 06:51 PM
    He must see one last turnip he can suck the blood out of.. he is all about himself and making his friends richer
    • reply
      by Indeed! on Feb 7, 2012 at 07:45 AM in reply to
      You got that exactly right!
  • by Greg Location: Plymouth on Jan 26, 2012 at 06:45 PM
    He (Williams) will not get my vote nor will Stan White.. If the GOP (republicans) want my and many other republican votes they better get a good candidate and NOT support a life long democrat that switched parties, just to be able to run for a specific office.. I don't blame anyone for switching political parties but they MUST be sincere and committed to change / improvements. I have no faith in people who only seek office for a career.. They are just in the game for power, not the good of the people..
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      by So True on Jan 26, 2012 at 09:33 PM in reply to Greg
      This is the case for all local and national politics. No matter what rank they are trying to get into. Once the have been beat they should learn a lesson and step aside the people have spoken and in most cases very loudly. Connect the arrows never fails. They can't take a hint. Time for a reality check.
  • by foodforthought on Jan 26, 2012 at 05:17 PM
    for those of us that aren't so informed it is helpful to read these comments .. i love it.... ty all for helping me to know how i want to vote.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 26, 2012 at 04:26 PM
    I new it when I read the headlines.This gut dont even look like a republican.You will lose you liar.

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