NC House of Representatives Elections
House Democrats picked up four new seats through redistricting and were able to flip an open Republican seat in Cabarrus County, however, Republicans defeated seven Democratic incumbents, all in rural districts. Incumbent Representative Brian Farkas (D-Pitt), who is currently trailing Republican challenger Dr. Timothy Reeder by just 462 votes, announced this week that he would not yet concede due to an undisclosed amount of outstanding mail-in ballots yet to be counted.
- The following House seats flipped party control Tuesday:
House District 5 (Pasquotank, Gates, Camden, Hertford)
Rep. Howard Hunter (D) lost to Bill Ward (R) 46.03% to 53.97%.
House District 9 (Pitt)
Rep. Brian Farkas (D) was defeated by Dr. Timothy Reeder (R) 49.22% to 50.78%.
House District 24 (Wilson)
Rep. Linda Cooper Suggs (D) lost to Ken Fontenont (R) 45.75% to 54.25%.
House District 25 (Nash)
Rep. James Gailliard (D) lost to Allen Chesser (R) 44.58% to 52.96%.
House District 32 (Granville, Vance)
Rep. Terry Garrison (D) lost to Frank Sossamon (R) 48.61% to 51.39%.
House District 47 (Robeson)
Due to Rep. Charles Graham (D) running for Congress, this district became an open seat. Jarrod Lowery (R) defeated Charles Townsend (D) 60.76% to 39.24%.
House District 63 (Alamance)
Rep. Ricky Hurtado (D) lost to former state Representative Stephen Ross (R) 48.79% to 51.21%.
House District 73 (Cabarrus)
Rep. Larry Pittman (R) did not run for reelection, creating this open seat. Diamond Staton-Williams (D) defeated Brian Echevarria (R) 50.78% to 49.22% to flip this seat.
23 new members will join the North Carolina House when the legislature reconvenes for the 2023 session, including:
District 2 (Person, Durham) – Ray Jeffers (D)
Ray Jeffers was elected to the Person County Board of Commissioners in 2008 and was the youngest commissioner elected that year in North Carolina. Jeffers is an alumnus of Piedmont Community College and North Carolina Agriculture & Technical State University. He is also the owner and operator of B.R. Jeffers Farms LLC.
District 5 (Hertford, Gates, Pasquotank, Camden) - Bill Ward (R)
Bill Ward is a military veteran and retired lieutenant with the Pasquotank Sheriff’s Office. A native North Carolinian, Ward currently resides in Elizabeth City, NC. Ward carried three of the four counties in House District 5 on election day.
District 8 (Pitt) – Gloristine Brown (D)
Gloristine Brown is the Mayor of Bethel, a small town in Pitt County. Brown is a retired nurse who worked at Pitt County Memorial Hospital and previously served on the United Way and Pitt Community College Board.
District 13 (Carteret, Craven) - Celeste Cairns (R)
Celeste Cairns lives in Emerald Isle. Cairns graduated from the University of Georgia with honors, earning a degree in business administration. Celeste began her career as a CPA with Deloitte, a multinational consulting and accounting firm, and then worked in the audit and consulting departments of Willis Corroon Corporation and HCA Healthcare Corporation. She is an active member of the Carteret County Republican Party and was a delegate to the GOP Convention in 2020.
District 21 (Wake) - Ya Liu (D)
Ya Liu is a member of the Cary Town Council. Liu emigrated from China to North Carolina to earn a Ph.D. in sociology from North Carolina State University and her law degree from NC Central University.
District 32 (Vance, Granville) - Frank Sossamon (R)
Frank Sossamon resides in Granville County and is the former Senior Pastor at South Henderson Pentecostal Holiness Church. Frank was a recipient of the 2020 Governor’s Volunteer Service Award for his work on the Henderson County Crime Stoppers and Vance County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council.
District 34 (Wake) – Tim Longest (D)
Tim Longest is a Raleigh attorney and previously served as a law clerk on both state appellate courts. Longest serves on the North Carolina Bar Association Appellate Rules Committee and the Raleigh Human Relations Commission.
District 41 (Wake) – Maria Cervania (D)
Maria Cervania is a member of the Wake County Board of Commissioners. Cervania graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and taught Anatomy in the Berkeley Unified School District. Cervania is a biostatistician, epidemiologist, and researcher in public health.
District 44 (Cumberland) - Charles Smith (D)
Charles Smith earned his law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and then served as Assistant District Attorney in Cumberland County. He then transitioned to private practice with The Charleston Group handling criminal and civil cases.
District 45 (Cumberland) – Frances Jackson (D)
Frances Jackson served as a community and transit planner for the Cumberland County Metropolitan Planning Organization and with the North Carolina Department of Transportation's Public Transportation and Highways divisions. Jackson has also served on the Hope Mills Zoning Commission and the Cumberland County Alcohol and Beverage Control Board.
District 47 (Robeson) - Jarrod Lowery (R)
Jarrod Lowery is a Marine veteran and brother of the Chairman of the Lumbee Tribe. Lowery graduated from UNC-Pembroke with a bachelor's in political science and a minor in history.
District 50 (Orange) – Renee Price (D)
Renee Price earned a bachelor's in urban affairs from Tufts University and a Master of Regional Planning from Cornell University. In 2012, Price was elected to the Orange County Board of County Commissioners and was elected Chair in 2020.
District 66 (Wake) - Sarah Crawford (D)
Sarah Crawford currently serves in the North Carolina Senate but opted not to run for reelection, instead seeking election to the District 66 House seat. Crawford's current legislative committee assignments include Appropriations on General Government and Information Technology, Health Care, and State and Local Government. Crawford obtained a bachelors from North Carolina State University and has worked for multiple nonprofits in Wake County. Crawford serves as CEO of the Tammy Lynn Center for Developmental Disabilities in Wake County.
District 70 (Randolph) - Brian Biggs (R)
Brian Biggs has served on the Randolph County Board of Education since 2014. In the Republican primary, Biggs defeated incumbent Representative Pat Hurley (R-Randolph).
District 71 (Forsyth) – Kanika Brown (D)
Kanika Brown is a community activist in Winston Salem and has worked on HIV and AIDS awareness. Brown also works as a substitute teacher in Forsyth County schools. Brown is the mother of a child with autism and has worked on financial literacy programs for young adults.
District 73 (Cabarrus) – Diamond Staton-Williams (D)
Diamond Staton-Williams received her ADN from Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing in Charlotte in 2003 and went on to receive her BSN in 2006 from UNC-Greensboro. In 2010, Staton-Williams completed her master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Pfeiffer University. Staton-Williams is currently employed as a Director for the Ambulatory Care Management Department for Carolinas Healthcare System. Staton-Williams was elected to the Harrisburg Town Council in 2017 and was reelected in 2021.
District 78 (Moore, Randolph) - Neal Jackson (R)
Neal Jackson founded an insurance and financial planning firm before leaving to serve as pastor of the Beulah Baptist Church in Bennett, NC. In 2020, Neal and his wife Tracy founded Grace Haven, a residential home for children in foster care.
District 83 (Cabarrus) – Kevin Crutchfield (R)
Kevin Crutchfield graduated from UNC Charlotte with a degree in computer science equivalency and worked as an engineer with IBM. In 1998, Crutchfield founded The Crutchfield Group, a residential construction operations firm. Crutchfield is actively involved in the Cabarrus County community with Habitat for Humanity and the Christian Ministries.
District 103 (Mecklenburg) – Laura Budd (D)
Laura Budd earned a bachelor’s degree from Ohio University and a J.D. from Wake Forest Law School in 2002. Budd currently resides in Matthews, NC. Budd is the managing partner of Weaver & Budd Law, PLLC with twenty years of experience practicing law. Budd is a member of the American Bar Association, the North Carolina State Bar, the North Carolina Bar Association, the Mecklenburg County Bar Association, and the Union County Bar Association.
District 112 (Mecklenburg) – Tricia Cotham (D)
Tricia Cotham is a former member of the North Carolina House of Representatives from Mecklenburg County. Cotham served as Co-Chair of the House's K-12 Education subcommittee from 2008-2010. Prior to serving in the legislature, Cotham began her first year of classroom teaching in 2001, where she taught social studies and was named Most Outstanding First Year Middle School Teacher of the East Region of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District.
District 114 (Buncombe) – Eric Ager (D)
Eric Ager comes from a farming family in Fairview, NC, and is a retired Navy pilot. Ager studied at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Ager works at Hickory Nut Gap Farm, a fourth-generation family farm.
District 115 (Buncombe) – Lindsey Prather (D)
Lindsey Prather earned a bachelor’s degree from UNC Asheville and is a recipient of the North Carolina Teaching Fellows scholarship. Prather taught for six years in the Buncombe County Schools. Prather is an active member of the Buncombe County Democratic Party.
District 117 (Henderson) – Jennifer Capps Balkcom (R)
Jennifer Capps Balkcom has worked for 20 years as a mortgage banking professional and holds several community leadership positions, including Vice President of the Hendersonville Lions Club, Treasurer of the Mortgage Bankers Association of Western North Carolina, and on the Henderson County Planning Board.