Basnight's successor will try to return to office

11/12/2013 4:26 PM

11/12/2013 4:27 PM

The Democrat who was appointed to fill powerhouse Marc Basnight’s seat in the state Senate – and then narrowly lost it last year in his first election – is running to regain the seat.

The Outer Banks Voice newspaper reports that Stan White has announced his candidacy for the position held by Sen. Bill Cook, whose first term ends next year. White, who owns a real estate agency, claims the Republican-controlled General Assembly failed to deliver on its promise for jobs and a better economy.

The state GOP was quick to slam him as “Stan The Tax Man White,” apparently for his support of the Democratic agenda in the legislature and opposition to Republican budget cuts.

In 2011, White replaced Basnight, the longtime Senate majority leader, who resigned from his Senate District 1 position because of declining health. Cook won the election in 2012 by 21 votes, after two rounds of recounts.

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