Editor’s note: To help island voters decide in the March 3 primary, the Observer will run statements by local candidates as we get them. The following is from the two Republican candidates for N.C. House District 6, which includes Ocracoke.
Incumbent Bobby Hanig of Powells Point has a challenger in Rob Rollason of Kill Devil Hills. The winner will run against Democrat Tommy Fulcher of Southern Shores in the Nov. 2 general election. Fulcher was the only Democrat to file for this seat.
Hanig defeated incumbent Beverly Boswell in the 2016 Republican primary and went on to defeat Democrat Tess Judge in the November election, who had entered that race at the last minute following the unexpected death of her husband, Warren, shortly before the election. Hanig is owner of The Pool Guy Aquatic Services and was chair of the Currituck County Board of Commissioners from 2017 to 2019. He served in the U.S. Army from 1984 to 1988.
Rollason presented a Second Amendment Sanctuary resolution at the January Dare County Board of Commissioners meeting. He has committed to support for term limits on Congress by signing the Term Limits Convention pledge. He is a former Calvary Scout in the U.S. Army (1989-1993).
Statement by Bobby Hanig:
“Two years ago during my campaign I promised the people of my district what I was going to bring to Raleigh. Over the last two years I have driven thousands of miles up and down the district meeting with our community and working with them on their issues.
“Making a difference in peoples lives and having a positive impact on my district and the state has been the most rewarding thing I have ever done professionally.
“Countless citizens have gone out of their way to thank me and let me know that I had exceeded their expectations. I will continue to fight for our shared values,beliefs and our heritage. I have already begun drafting several bills for the 2021 session and I am looking forward to the opportunities and challenges ahead.”
Statement by Rob Rollason:
“I am currently seeking the Republican nomination for N.C. House District 6. Special interest groups like Audubon and the Coastal Conservation Association as well as the wind and solar lobby have much influence on folks in Raleigh.
“We need someone who will stand up to these groups as the cost to our area in terms of lost wages, missed opportunities and higher consumer prices is unacceptable.
“I believe I can do a better job promoting conservative values than our current representative. Furthermore, we must stand fast against the socialist agenda promoted by our current governor.”