Richmond County native Tom McInnis announced Thursday in a news release that he will run for the 25th District Senate Seat in the North Carolina General Assembly to replace Sen. Gene McLaurin, a Democrat.
McInnis is a conservative small business owner from Ellerbe. He is a partner in the firm of Iron Horse Auction Company, Inc., of Rockingham, and is also involved in several other business ventures within the district.
“It is with great humility that I announce my candidacy for the office of State Senator for the 25th Senatorial District,” McInnis said. “As a small business owner and lifelong North Carolinian, I have seen first-hand the need for a senator who will represent every citizen in our district with bold and decisive leadership.”
McInnis said his campaign will focus on “high-quality, 21st century schools and more abundant and prosperous job opportunities.”
“I have been involved in improving our local schools as a member of the Richmond County school board since 2006,” McInnis said. “During this time, I have come to realize that our most serious education challenges stem from bureaucracy in Raleigh and Washington D.C. We need the ability to make local decisions for local schools. We need more choices for families and students. We need to support great teachers by letting them do their jobs, and we need to reduce the amount of unnecessary testing.
The candidate filing period for the 2014 election begins at noon on Feb. 10 and ends at noon on Feb. 28.