N.C. House of Representatives
300 N Salisbury Street, #513
Raleigh, North Carolina 27603
(919) 754-3224 (fax)
The Honorable Shelly Willingham
Edgecombe & Martin- District 23
June 29, 2018
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RALEIGH & THE STATE
Wick Baker, Vidant Edgecombe hospital president, has announced his intention to retire later this year after more than 40 years in the health care industry.
A search process will begin in the coming weeks for Patrick’s replacement. Other transitions include Jeff Sackrison, who retired on June 22 as the president of Vidant Chowan and Vidant Bertie hospitals. Jeff has served as Vidant Chowan and Vidant Bertie’s leader and voice since 2003 and has played an instrumental role in helping Vidant fulfill its Mission to improve the health and well-being of eastern North Carolina.
CSX Intermodal Facility Coming to Edgecombe County
Project will give industry efficient access to rail in Eastern NC
RALEIGH – A new intermodal transportation facility will be built in Edgecombe County to help industry get products to customers and spur growth in the region, officials with the N.C. Department of Transportation announced today. NCDOT has reached an agreement with CSX Corporation regarding the building and operation of the Edgecombe County facility.
The facility, known as the Carolina Connector (CCX), will be built on the CSX mainline and CSX will run it. NCDOT will invest up to $118.1 million for site development and roadway construction. NCDOT conducted an economic impact evaluation in early June and determined the facility will have an indirect job impact of up to 1,300 jobs.
Getting products to the customer is paramount to any business’s success,” said Carolinas Gateway Partnership CEO and President Norris Tolson. “We at the Carolina Gateway Partnership are pleased that the CCX intermodal site will provide another vital link in the logistics solutions offered for our customer base in the Twin Counties and all of Eastern North Carolina. Edgecombe and Nash counties will now truly be a gateway to markets throughout the eastern part of the U.S.”
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WILLIAMSTON, NC – Martin County recently received notice of a $1,013,940 grant award from the NC Department of Commerce’s Rural ReadySites program for infrastructure improvements in the Martin County Regional Industrial Park in Everetts.
“This is great news for Martin County,” stated Jason Semple, President of Martin County Economic Development Corporation. “Infrastructure capacity is critical for the recruitment of new companies, but even more importantly, for the support of our existing industries.”
The Rural ReadySites program, administered by the North Carolina Department of Commerce’s Rural Division, helps rural communities prepare prospective sites for industrial development. The program will invest more than $14 million in public infrastructure construction and improvements for sites that have a strong potential to attract fry. The North Carolina General Assembly appropriated $2 million for this purpose, and the Department of Commerce added the additional $12 million to fund these projects.
The scope of the Martin County project will include expansion of the gravity sewer system and the rehabilitation of the existing elevated storage tank at the Martin County Regional Industrial Park in Everetts. The work on the water storage tank will benefit of all tenants in the park, including future ones, while the additional sewer infrastructure is necessary to serve the western parcels in the industrial park. The estimated cost for the work is $1,126,600. Martin County is providing a 10 percent match for the grant.
“We are thankful to the NC Department of Commerce and the State of North Carolina for their investment in Martin County. We have been successful in the last few years expanding the industrial park and helping businesses grow in Martin County. This investment will help us continue to expand our industrial base and job opportunities for Martin County and our region,” said County Manager David Bone.
07/15/2014 Unofficial Second Primary Election Results
State Board of Elections
34 of 34 Precincts Reported
Shelly Willingham 2,668 51.92 %
Rusty Holderness 2,471 48.08 %
21 of 21 Precincts Reported Shelly Willingham 2,036 52.62 %
Rusty Holderness 1,833 47.38 %
Rusty Holderness 638 50.24 %
Shelly Willingham 632 49.76 %
I commend Shelly Willingham for being consistent in his seeking to be elected to the NC General Assembly. He worked hard and he deserve the opportunity to go to Raleigh to serve the people.
Rusty Holderness on the other hand has a big choice to make by Thursday May 15 because the election is in his court. Because Willingham didn’t get 40% of the votes to declare him the winner, Holderness can choose to have a run-off or to let Willingham be the winner.
During the last week of the elections one of my resources said that it was the talk that Willingham was going to have a good chance of winning the race. Turns out my resource was right on!
I have to agree with Willingham that he will more than likely win if a run-off election was held in June.
I would have to support Willingham if there was an election to be held. So there you have it.
TARBORO — Shelly Willingham is on pins and needles anticipating whether or not he will reopen his campaign. That decision lies in the hands of Rusty Holderness.
With no Republican opposition, Willingham won the four-candidate N.C. District 23 House of Representative Democratic primary race Tuesday, but did not garner 40 percent of the vote as required for outright victory.
Willingham tallied 2,976 (36 percent) votes compared to 2,542 votes (30 percent) for Holderness. Taro Knight finished with 20 percent, while Bronson Williams had 13. (Source: Read more)
Bronson Williams, Taro Knight, Shelly Willingham and Rusty Holderness will be on WNCR-TV Tuesday April 29, 2014 9:00 PM for a debate. Darla Slipke County, Political reporter for The Rocky Mount Telegram will be the moderator.
I am trying to figure out where the questions will come from since there will not be an audience present to submit questions before the show begin.
Well I can’t wait to see this debate because I am very much concerned who will be elected.
Note: Bronson Williams announced this on WCPS Radio during an interview on this morning.
Note: This is letter 3 of 4 to all candidates.
Well sir you are not on my facebook page however my page is open to all and I posted the following on January 12, 2014, “Rep. Joe Pat Tolson House District 23 Will Not Seek Re-election Sources Say.” I stated the following, “I live in the district and very much concerned about the seat being filled. If you are interested in filing for this seat please send me an inbox or call me at 252.314.5484 asap.” Maybe you missed it or you just didn’t care but whatever the reason I made the request above and it was up to others to contact me. Nope nobody has to contact me but if one wants my vote it would be wise especially since I am a blogger and have many, many followers locally and across the state and nation.
Several days later on January 15 and January 17 the following articles ran in the local newspaper, “Knight to seek state house seat?” and “Willingham ponders District 23 run.” I spoke to Knight and Willingham about their intentions so therefore I was aware of their intentions. I also spoke with Will Solomon and he said he was not going to file.
Sir I don’t know you on a personal note but know of your name because of the business you are in such as realty and the golf course that you once had set up on Hwy 258 just outside of the Tarboro City limits. I don’t recall ever seeing you attend an Edgecombe County Democratic Party County meeting. I have never heard of you being involved in politics involuntarily. So therefore when I learned on the last day of filing that you had filed, I was somewhat surprised. But I can understand your logic because with 3 blacks in the race which will split the black votes, it appears that you a white male can have a great opportunity to possibly be able to win the seat or atleast cause a run-off.
Well sir as long as there is another candidate in the race that I can support, I will not be able to support you. I don’t know you like that. So if you will, will you please tell me why I should vote for you? What is your political platform? Why do you feel you can best represent me and black folks in this district since the district was created for a black person?
In my closing, I regret that you chose to file for the House seat however know that you are now a public figure and it is on. I don’t know you and you don’t know me but we can get to know each other.
I am one of the most publicly active Democrats in Edgecombe County and I have been challenging all Democrats especially elected officials since I first became active in the early 90’s. I am a videographer and blogger so therefore I capture meetings, events and etc. I post them on my blog while making comments and giving others the opportunity to see things for themselves and after watching the entire video they can agree or disagree with me and most of all make an informed decision versus getting bits and pieces of what happened from the local newspapers.
Stay tuned for letter 4 of 4 to the other candidate coming soon.