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Most incumbents representing southern Nash County have sought reelection in the first week of filing for state and county offices in next year’s election.

In N.C. House District 25, incumbent Democratic Rep. James Gailliard will again face challenger John Check, a Republican who lost to Gailliard in the last election. Both men are pastors from Rocky Mount.

House District 25 encompasses most of Nash County, including Spring Hope.

“Our community has responded to the leadership and energy I have brought to the General Assembly,” Gailliard said. “I can’t wait to get back to work in Raleigh and to move Rocky Mount and Nash County further.”

Check said the district needs someone who is unwavering and who will stand up for the community’s values.

“The values of faith, freedom and family,” Check said. “The values reflected in the Bill of Rights and our Constitution. As your representative in Raleigh, I will be fully engaged with the citizens of our district and promise to give my undivided attention to represent all of the citizens of our district.”

As of yet, no Nash County residents have tossed their hat into the ring to run for state Senate District 11, left vacant by Sen. Rick Horner, a Republican from Bailey who announced last week that he will not seek re-election.

District 11 currently includes Nash County and parts of Johnston County. The district’s lines have shifted a few times during legislative map redrawing.

Smithfield attorney Allen Wellons, a former three-term state senator, and Patrick Harris, a first-term Johnston County commissioner, have announced plans to vie for the seat.

Wellons, a Democrat, served in the state Senate from 1996 to 2002. He said he will focus on critical investments in schools, infrastructure and communities.

Harris, a Republican, said he wants to serve where he can do the most good for the people of District 11.

“God is truly amazing and I trust His timing and believe that this is the right time to continue the life of service that I began 35-plus years ago, when I took the oath to serve as a forest ranger, firefighter and fire inspector,” Harris said in a news release. “I genuinely look forward to this amazing opportunity and would consider it a great honor to be chosen by the people of Johnston and Nash counties as their next state senator.”

Two incumbents representing southern Nash County on the Nash County Board of Commissioners have filed to run.

Commissioner Dan Cone of Middlesex is running for a second term in District 3 after a defeat of his cousin in the last election.

Commissioner Sue Leggett of Nashville is running for her first full term after being appointed to serve out the term of Lisa Barnes, who was elected to the state House in 2018.

The filing fee for state House and Senate is $140. The fee for county commissioner is $101.

Candidates must file in their county of residence. The filing period ends at noon Dec. 20.