Wilson resident and former Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education member Richard Horner won the 2016 Republican primary for the NC Senate District 11. Horner was engaged in a close campaign with Benton Sawrey of Clayton, a local attorney. In unofficial results across the three county district, that includes Johnston, Nash and Wilson Counties, Horner received 52 percent of the votes to Sawrey‘s 48 percent. In unofficial totals, Horner received 11,422 votes to 10,725 for Sawrey, a difference of 697 votes.
Horner will have opposition from Democrat Albert Pacer of Zebulon in November.
In Nash County, Mr. Horner served fourteen years on the Nash Rocky Mount Board of Education – four years as Chairman. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Wilson Community College and has been an active member of the Wilson Elks Lodge.