ROCKINGHAM — Both of Richmond County’s state legislators are heading back to the General Assembly.
State Sen. Tom McInnis and state Rep. Ken Goodman both won their respective campaigns in Tuesday night’s election.
McInnis, a two-term Republican senator won his third bid for office in Tuesday night’s election against Democratic challenger Helen Probst Mills, who is from Moore County.
Senate District 25 covers Richmond, Moore, Anson and Scotland counties. The majority of voters in the heavily Democratic Anson County picked Mills, but McInnis carried the other three, according to the N.C. State Board of Elections.
“I’m very humbled and very excited to continue to represent the 25th District in the North Carolina Senate,” McInnis said by phone. “I am exceptionally proud of the votes we received throughout the district and especially excited to be the first Republican to win Scotland County in nearly 140 years for this seat.”
McInnis was first elected to the Senate in 2014 when he defeated former Rockingham Mayor Gene McLaurin, who served one term. Two years later he won re-election against Dannie Montgomery, an Anson County teacher.
During his four years in the Senate, McInnis has had several bills make it into the law books and has been supportive of legislation to stop opioid abuse.
“I look forward to going back to Raleigh to represent Richmond County and the rest of the district with bold and decisive leadership,” he said. “And make sure rural North Carolina has a place at the table.”
Goodman, a Democrat, is heading into his fifth term in the state House of Representatives.
This year he faced challenges from candidates in two parties: Joey Davis from the GOP; and Justin Miller from the Green Party.
Goodman garnered a little more than 50 percent of the vote with 13,361 votes cast in his favor. Davis secured nearly 47 percent with 12,338 and Miller came in at 2.12 percent with 556 votes.
Although Davis carried the majority of his home county of Montgomery and the sliver of Stanly County in the 66th District, Richmond helped propel Goodman to victory.
“I’m very grateful to have won,” Goodman said. “I appreciate, especially, the voters in Richmond County.”
Goodman, founder of the Main Street Democrats caucus, said he is ready to “go back and work hard for all the voters and do my best to make a difference for this district.”
All election numbers are unofficial until canvassing on Nov. 16.