Smithfield Herald

Political Roundup: March 9

Rains files for State Senate

Don Rains, mayor of Princeton, has filed for the N.C. Senate. The Democrat will seek the District 10 seat, which represents Duplin, Johnston and Sampson counties.

“I am filing because North Carolina can do better than having our teachers paid the 46th lowest in the country,” he said. “The General Assembly also voted to reduce the number of teacher assistants, reduce funding for textbooks and increase the size of students per classrooms. North Carolina cannot move forward if we do not find the funding to educate our students.”

Rains said the Republican-controlled General Assembly had its priorities wrong. “Instead of funding education, the General Assembly reduced taxes on higher income individuals and major corporations and eliminated the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for families earning less than $50,000.”

“The current General Assembly is leading us in the wrong direction,” Rains said. “While education is the leading issue, we are also heading backwards on job recruitment, voter fairness, the environment and health care.”

Rains is married to Vicky Temple-Rains, the assistant principal at McGee’s Crossroads Elementary School. They have two children, Logan, a senior at Elon University, and Anna, a freshman at Campbell University.

Rains own Rains and Associates Insurance, an Allstate agency in the Cleveland community.

Martin files for Congress

Walter A. Martin Jr., who serves on the Princeton Board of Commissioners, has filed for Congress. The Democrat hopes to succeed the retiring Mike McIntyre, who represents North Carolina’s 7th District, which includes Johnston County.

If elected, Martin said he would work to end gridlock in Washington. “Citizens have endured six years of gridlock in Washington with no relief in sight,” he said in a statement. “Enough is enough. We have too many problems to operate with part-time help we pay large full-time salaries to.”

Martin called for the power of recall elections in North Carolina, and he said committee chairmen in Washington should not be able to block legislation indefinitely through procedures.

“We are running out of time,” Martin said. “We can’t continue with this mentality of division.”

Martin is retired from the Smithfield Police Department. He owns a private investigations agency based in Princeton. He and his wife, Michelle, have a son, Anthony, who is a college sophomore