Second-term Holly Springs councilwoman Linda Hunt Williams will soon move from the Town Council to the state legislature after winning the N.C. House District 37 seat Nov. 8.
Williams, a Republican, defeated Democratic candidate Randy Barrow, a teacher at Fuquay-Varina High School, and Libertarian candidate Robert Rose with 52.33 percent of the votes. Barrow held 43 percent and Rose had 4.67 percent.
“I feel great,” Williams said the day after the election. “It was a good campaign. It was solid, and it was a positive campaign. We stuck to the issues, and that was the most important thing.”
She will bring a new face to the seat, which has been occupied since 2001 by House Speaker Pro Tempore Paul “Skip” Stam. The Apex Republican didn’t seek a ninth term.
But Williams’ move to the state legislature will leave a vacancy that the Holly Springs Town Council will need to fill in the coming months. She was first elected to the Town Council in 2009 and was re-elected in 2013.
Mayor Dick Sears said the council likely will appoint a replacement in December to serve the rest of Williams’ four-year term, which ends next year. The town already has received four applicants interested in the seat.
Traditionally, Sears said, the person selected to fill a seat on the council comes from the town’s planning board.
“But that’s not absolute,” he said.
In Williams’ new seat at the state level, she said she plans to work on education and keeping the economy strong.
“The whole area here in District 37 is just an award-winning area,” she said.
The district covers much of southern Wake County, including Apex, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs and precincts along the Wake-Johnston county line.
“People are flocking here, and they are flocking here because it’s got a good atmosphere for families,” Williams said. “It’s growing in jobs. It’s a great place to live. So I hope to keep building more opportunities to build more jobs and keep the economy strong.”
Sears cited Williams’ community and political experience and said, “I think Linda will be exceptional.”
Williams, a Louisiana native, moved to Charlotte, with her husband, Pat, in 1986 before moving to Holly Springs in 2001. She is a veteran of the United States Navy and has worked as a community college adjunct instructor, as well as an education nonprofit developer and consultant.
Williams also has been active in the community for years. She has served as a vice chairwoman for the Wake GOP, a member of the Holly Springs Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee, a board member for the Holly Springs Arts Council and as president of the Kiwanis Club of Holly Springs.
“People in this district are good folk,” she said. “I’m really kind of honored that they gave me this opportunity.”
Kathryn Trogdon: 919-460-2608: @KTrogdon
District 37 Results
Randy Barrow, D 43.00%
Linda Hunt Williams, R 52.33%
Robert Rose, L 4.67%