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Today, Charlie Pat Farris announced his campaign for North Carolina House. Farris, 68, is an attorney from Wilson, NC.
“The recovery may be going well on Wall Street and in Raleigh but it hasn’t been going well here,” said Charlie Pat Farris. “In Pitt County our unemployment rate is 6.3%, well over the national average, and in Wilson County it is now at a staggering 10.3%. This is simply unacceptable. Our communities are filled with hard-working people who are looking for an opportunity to provide for their families and earn a decent wage. But the Raleigh politicians have taken their eye off the ball. I’m running for the State House because it is time we make job creation and economic development our top priority again.
I also think every politician in Raleigh needs to spend a few days in our local classrooms to see first-hand the challenges our educators are facing. Years of needless cuts to public education have left our classrooms underfunded and have forced some of our best teachers to leave for other states. This is just shortsighted. One of the keys to attracting new businesses to Eastern North Carolina is giving them access to a talented and trained workforce through our public schools, community colleges and universities. My goal is simple, I want to be sure our kids can get a world-class education right here in North Carolina and then return home to our community and find a good paying job.”
Farris is running for House District 8 which includes parts of Pitt and Wilson counties. He is expected to challenge incumbent Rep. Susan Martin. House District 8 is widely considered one of the most competitive State House seats in North Carolina.
“House Democrats are focused on recruiting quality candidates across the state who are dedicated to creating jobs and improving our economy,” said Democratic Leader Larry D. Hall. “This year, Republicans like Rep. Susan Martin voted to continue increasing taxes on middle-class families while supporting billions in tax giveaways to out-of-state corporate shareholders. Charlie Pat Farris knows we should be cutting taxes for the middle-class and small businesses - not adding to their burden.”
Farris is a lifelong resident of Wilson County and his family has strong historical ties in Pitt County. He has worked as an attorney since 1974 and is currently practicing law with Farris and Farris, P.A. in Wilson. While attending law school he joined the North Carolina National Guard. Farris is the past president of the Wilson County Bar Association and he has served as the president of the Kiwanis Club of Wilson. Farris has served on the Board of Trustees at Greenfield School, the United Way and the Governor’s Crime Commission. He currently serves on BB&T’s advisory board. He attends St. Therese Catholic Church and he is the proud father of two sons, Charlie Pat III and Benjamin.