It’s expected that State Representative Bill Cook (R) of Beaufort County will announce a run for the vacant NC-1 Senate seat next week at a press conference scheduled for Wednesday at 2pm in Washington, NC. Rather than run to retain the House seat in NC-6, Bill says he can be a more effective conservative voice in the Senate, being one of 50 rather than one of 120.  Mr. Cook will likely face Stan White (D) of Dare County who was appointed to the seat in 2011 when Marc Basnight predictably resigned after his party lost control of the North Carolina Senate.  Official filing with the BOE does not begin until February.

NC-1 Senate consists of eight counties of which Dare, Beaufort and Pasquotank are the largest counties in terms of numbers of voters.  The other five counties are:  Camden, Currituck, Gates, Perquimans and Hyde.

Bill ranked one of the most effective conservative members of the General Assembly in his first term in the North Carolina House. His votes earned him a score of 98 out of 100 on Civitas Action‘s Conservative Scorecard.

Read more at the Beaufort Observer