Penny seeking reelection to state house

By RICK CURL
Senior staff writer
Posted 11/23/21

District 53 State Representative Howard has announced his plans to seek a second full term.

Penny is seeking his second full term in the seat.

“It has been the honor of a lifetime to …

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Penny seeking reelection to state house

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District 53 State Representative Howard has announced his plans to seek a second full term.

Penny is seeking his second full term in the seat.

“It has been the honor of a lifetime to represent my neighbors and hometown in Raleigh in the State House,” Penny said. “With businesses still recovering from Governor (Roy) Cooper’s lockdowns and President Biden’s unemployment programs, we must send business-minded conservatives to Raleigh to get our economy back on track. That is why I am announcing I am running for re-election to the North Carolina General Assembly.”

Penny says he plans to stay the course he’s previously set and will continue to push to reopen the state and be an active advocate for his district. He helped secure more than $79 million in funding for Harnett County in the state’s latest budget.

Penny said he spent hours and hours scrolling through each of the budget’s 1,100 pages to make sure the funding remained in the last draft signed by the governor.

“Another one I’m proud of is Rhodes Pond. We’ve got $8.8 million in there to fix that dam finally,” he said. “And it’s time to do it with all the work they’re doing on Interstate 95.”

Penny has filled in as speaker of the House and rules chairman several times during his time in Raleigh since August 2020.

“In my short time in Raleigh, I have sponsored legislation to prevent the government from mandating the COVID-19 vaccination and routinely voted for legislation to reopen schools and businesses impacted by Governor Cooper’s lockdowns. I will continue to fight for individual liberties and stand up against government overreach.”

Penny assumed the seat in 2020 after the resignation of David Lewis.

Rick Curl can be reached at rcurl@mydailyrecord.com or 910-230-2038.
Emily Weaver contributed to this report.

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