Angier mayor says he plans to run for commissioner

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Angier Mayor Lew Weatherspoon announced Wednesday he will file to run for a seat on the Harnett County Board of Commissioners.

Weatherspoon, 71, says he plans to challenge the seat now held by Board Chairman Gordon Springle in next year’s election.

He said he brings a lifetime of business, government and community experience into his first county campaign.

“The people of Harnett County need strong, effective, conservative leadership. That’s what I’ll bring to this job,” Weatherspoon said. “As county commissioner, I’ll fight to make sure we have more good jobs, improved education, and affordable access to quality health care.”

He said he will use his experience in Angier to help with his new job.

“I’ve worked hard to improve the quality of life for the people of Angier, and I will help raise the standard of living throughout Harnett County,” Weatherspoon said.

Weatherspoon worked in the electronics industry as a purchasing agent, purchasing manager, manufacturer’s representative and sales management for over 30 years.

He was self-employed from 2001 until 2012 in loss control/risk assessment for various insurance companies.

He comes to the county race nearing the completion of a four-year term as mayor. Prior to that, he served two years as a town commissioner. He did not file to continue as the town’s mayor this summer.

Weatherspoon is a graduate of North Carolina State University. He is an active member of Piney Grove Chapel Baptist Church, where he serves on various committees.

Weatherspoon has served on the board of directors for Harnett County Habitat for Humanity, and has been married to his wife, Peggy, for 38 years.

Springle has not made a public announcement about whether he intends to seek a third term on the board. Both men are Republicans which mean they will face off in the March 3 primary. The Democratic Party has not fielded a candidate in the 2020 race at this point.

The winner of the race in the November 2020 general election will represent a district that includes areas near and around both Angier and Lillington as well as in the northwest part of the county, including the Kipling, Chalybeate Springs and Duncan communities.

Filing for all 2020 races begins in December. North Carolina moved its primary from May to March to make the state more relevant in the national race for president.

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