Johnston County attorney Benton Sawrey has announced his candidacy for the NC State Senate. Sawrey, a Republican, announced Monday he will run for the 11th District seat currently held by Senator Buck Newton who is seeking the NC Attorney General’s Office.
Newton has held the District 11 seat, which covers portions of Johnston, Wilson and Nash counties since 2010.
“After much prayer and discussion with my family and friends, I am declaring my candidacy for the North Carolina Senate,” Sawrey said. “Senator Newton has been an exemplary Senator for Wilson, Nash, and Johnston counties, and I want to follow in his footsteps in fighting for our conservative values.”
“The General Assembly has cut red tape and provided substantial tax relief to families and small businesses, and I believe we can do more to reduce the size and scope of government,” Sawrey continued. “I’m pro-life, pro-gun and pro-traditional values. I will stand up for conservative principals every day in the North Carolina Senate.”
Sawrey is a Johnston County native and a 2005 graduate of Smithfield Selma High School. He has been an attorney for 2 years with the law firm of Narron, O’Hale and Whittington, P.A. He was appointed by Governor Pat McCrory to serve as a member of the Board of Trustees at Johnston Community College, and is also on the Board of Directors for the Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation.
His wife, Beth, is a pharmacist at WakeMed in Raleigh. They reside in Clayton. Sawrey holds a Bachelor of Arts from NC State University and a law degree from the University of South Carolina Law School.