Former Wake County Commissioner Lindy Brown, a Democrat, said Wednesday that she plans to run for Rep. Paul “Skip” Stam’s seat in the state House.
Stam, an Apex Republican, has held the seat since 2003 and announced last month that he won’t seek reelection next year. The district includes Apex, Holly Springs, Fuquay-Varina and rural southern Wake. It leans Republican.
Brown, a retired social worker, was on the Wake County Board of Commissioners from 2006 to 2010, when she was ousted by Republican Phil Matthews.
In a news release, she said her campaign will focus on “job opportunities, public education, mental health and public safety.”
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She said the district’s Republican tilt shouldn’t be a problem for her campaign. “As a county commissioner, I worked on both sides of the aisle on the issues that impact my constituents,” she said in an interview Wednesday, adding that she knows the district well from four years in that role.
“I’m very knowledgeable about all four of the towns that I have to be dealing with.”
Brown said her background in social work would help the legislature on Medicaid and mental health issues.
So far, no Republicans have formally announced their candidacy for Stam’s seat.