CONCORD— Wayne Sasser beat out incumbent Justin Burr in the NC House of Representatives District 67 Republican primary race.
Sasser, 68, said he ran for the seat to be a voice and advocate for families, businesses and industries in the district which includes eastern and southern Cabarrus County and most of Stanly County. In a questionnaire sent to the Independent Tribune, Sasser said if he was given the honor to represent the people in the General Assembly, he would pledge to be a strong voice for the community.
When asked what the most important issues for the office, Sasser referenced the opioid crisis and rural economic development. He was born in Cabarrus County and raised in Stanly County.
“I’m kind of overwhelmed to be honest with you. I’m just humbled by the vote of the people,” Sasser said. “This is democracy; win, lose or draw we are going to accept the results and move forward and that’s what we intend to do. The people have spoken. I’ve got a lot of work to do and I’m up to the challenge.”
When all 27 precincts reported, Sasser had 4,927 of the ballots which came out to 56.07 percent. Burr raked in 3,860 ballots for 43.93 percent.
Burr is serving his fifth two-year term as a representative from the 67th district of the North Carolina General Assembly. He actually received the most votes in Cabarrus County with 1,453 that came out to 58.57 percent, while 1,028 people cast their vote for Sasser which came out to 41.43 percent.
But in Stanly County, Sasser won handily with 3,899 votes that came to 61.83 percent while Burr only had 2,407 ballots for 38.17 percent.
Sasser will now face Democrat Karen Webster and Libertarian Michael Finn in the General Election in November. Dean Kelsey, an independent candidate, is also mounting a signature campaign to try to get on the November ballot.