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State chamber endorses Barnes

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RALEIGH ­— The N.C. Chamber of Commerce has endorsed N.C. Rep. Lisa Barnes in her bid for election to the N.C. Senate.

Representing the statewide business community, the N.C. Chamber supports candidates whose professional backgrounds and voting records demonstrate a commitment to preserving and enhancing a positive climate for business and job creation in North Carolina, said Gary Salamido, president and CEO of the N.C. Chamber.

“As North Carolina continues to grow and thrive, Rep. Barnes has been instrumental in standing up for her community and the pro-growth policies that fuel our state’s success,” Salamido said. “From support for a strong education system to efforts to build a better business climate and create jobs, she has what it takes to keep North Carolina moving forward.”

Barnes said she’s honored to be endorsed by the chamber based on her pro-job voting record.

“It’s important that we acknowledge how pro-business policies shape the livelihood of North Carolinians,” Barnes said. “And these policies are only becoming more critical as we recover from the COVID crisis.”

Barnes, who currently represents N.C. House District 7, is running for election in N.C. Senate District 11, representing Johnston and Nash counties. Her opponent is Allen Wellons, a former state senator from Johnston County. Barnes is a Republican; Wellons is a Democrat.

The N.C. Chamber works to research, develop, advocate and communicate for solutions and policies that produce a nationally competitive business climate in North Carolina, according to information from the organization.