Groce announces NC House candidacy

02/17/2014 3:12 PM

02/17/2014 3:13 PM

Democrat Brent Groce, an attorney from Roxboro, plans to run for the state House seat now held by W.A. “Wilkie” Wilkins.

Groce announced his candidacy for the 2nd District seat on Monday. He is expected to face Ray Jeffers, a Person County commissioner and president of the N.C. Association of County Commissioners, who also has said he will run. Neither Democratic candidate has filed yet.

Wilkins said earlier this month he was not running for re-election, citing health reasons.

Republican Larry Yarborough of Roxboro also plans to run, and has filed with the state Board of Elections.

“Our district deserves a representative who is both competent and committed to the people of Person and Granville Counties,” Groce said in a statement.

In a speech this morning, Groce said his vision for the district includes a business-friendly perspective for Main Street, a state-of-the-art education system and a “moderate approach to government in Raleigh.”

He also said his legislative priorities will include encouraging innovation for the rural economy, building on community college and public school systems and expanding opportunities for residents of the 2nd District.

Groce graduated from Person County Public Schools and UNC-Chapel Hill and earned a law degree from Campbell University. He is president of the Roxboro Kiwanis and vice president of management for the Roxboro Jaycees.

The 2nd District includes part of Granville County and all of Person.

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