Until a federal court ruled that two North Carolina congressional districts were unconstitutional, Johnston County had one representative in the U.S. House. After November, it will have two.
But first, voters must choose nominees.
On June 7, Republicans and Democrats in Johnston will help their parties select nominees to run in the redrawn 2nd District, which now includes a large swath of Johnston County.
The GOP hopefuls are incumbents Renee Ellmers and George Holding and challenger Greg Bannon. Ellmers is the 2nd District representative; Holding, who represented District 13, now lives in the redrawn 2nd District. The Democrats are Elton Brewington, Steven Hight, John McNeil, Ron Sandal and Jane Watson.
In Johnston County, the new 2nd District includes all or parts of 24 precincts. Those are East Clayton, North Clayton 1, North Clayton 2, West Clayton 1, West Clayton 2, North Cleveland 1, North Cleveland 2, Micro, North O’Neals, South O’Neals, East Selma, West Selma, a portion of East Smithfield, North Smithfield 1, North Smithfield 2, South Smithfield, Archer Lodge, Flowers Plantation, Wilson’s Mills, Southeast Cleveland, Southwest Cleveland, North Wilders, South Clayton and a portion of Beulah.
Also on June 7, voters in Johnston will narrow the field of candidates for a seat on the N.C. Supreme Court. The candidates are incumbent Bob Edmunds and challengers Sabra Jean Faires, Mike Morgan and Daniel Robertson. Johnston voters may cast a ballot for just one of the four, but the top two vote-getters will advance to the general election in November.
Through June 3, voters may cast ballots early at the Johnston County Board of Elections office, 205 S. Second St., Smithfield. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The board of elections will be closed May 30 for Memorial Day.