LUMBERTON — G.L. Pridgen, the GOP state legislator from Lumberton who represents House District 46, found out Tuesday the Democrat he will face in November.
In the House 46 primary, Democratic voters chose Ken N. Waddell, the current mayor of Chadbourn, to be their party’s nominee. He defeated Al J. Leonard Jr., the current manager of Tabor City.
Currently encompassing Robeson, Hoke and Scotland counties, the district has been redrawn to include all of Columbus County and slivers of Robeson and Bladen counties.
Democrats in the three counties gave Waddell 7,050 votes, or 54.71 percent, of the 12,885 cast, with Leonard receiving 5,835 votes, or 45.29 percent. Waddell won Robeson County with 1,602 votes to 1,046 for Leonard.
Three of Robeson County’s state legislators are already guaranteed another two-year term in the General Assembly. They had no competition in their party primaries on Tuesday, and they have no opposition come the General Election in November.
Although he had no opposition in Tuesday’s primary, state Sen. Michael Walters will face opposition in the November General Election. Walters, a Democrat from Proctorville, represents District 13.
Walters will be challenged by Whiteville businessman W. Bernard White Jr., a Republican who was also unopposed in Tuesday’s GOP primary. District 13, which now encompasses Robeson and Hoke counties, was recently redrawn to include just Robeson and Columbus counties.
Incumbent state House representatives Garland Pierce, District 48, and Charles Graham, District 47, both Democrats, had no competition in Tuesday’s primary and will not have opposition in November.
As a result of redistricting, Robeson County now has a fourth House member, Rep. Ken Goodman, a Democrat representing District 66. The district, which had encompassed Montgomery and Richmond counties, now includes part of northeastern Robeson County, including St. Pauls and parts of Scotland and Hoke counties.
Goodman also was unopposed in Tuesday’s Democratic primary and will be unopposed in November.
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