State Rep. Chris Malone of Wake Forest will have a Democratic challenger next year: Wake Forest attorney Terence Everitt.
Everitt is making his first run for office with backing from House Minority Leader Larry Hall of Durham, who praised the candidate in a news release. Everitt is on the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors and the Wake County Transit Advisory Committee.
“His work as a respected attorney and his background on the Wake Forest Chamber of Commerce board give him the experience to make a great legislator,” Hall said. “He will be a welcome addition to our caucus and we look forward to working with him.”
Everitt criticized the Republican-led legislature in his campaign announcement Tuesday. “The politicians in the state legislature simply have the wrong priorities,” he said. “I am running for the state House because I believe it’s time to shift our priorities and focus on creating jobs and making certain our kids have access to a world-class education that prepares them for the jobs of the future.”
Malone, a Republican and former Wake County school board member, is in his second term. In 2014, he defeated Democrat Brian Mountcastle with 56 percent of the vote.