Monday, 14 September 2020 19:46

McInnis, Moss endorsed by N.C. Trooper's Association

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SUMMERFIELD — Two Richmond County Republican candidates are among those endorsed by the North Carolina Troopers Association.

State Sen. Tom McInnis and N.C. House candidate Ben Moss both made the list of endorsements.

According to a press release issued Aug. 27 but received by the RO Sept. 12, the N.C. Troopers Association “endorses candidates that have proven themselves to be avid proponents of law enforcement and the rule of law.”

“On behalf of the North Carolina Troopers Association, we are proud to endorse candidates who have a proven track record of supporting law enforcement and their families,” said Danny Jenkins, president of the Association. “The citizens of North Carolina have a choice to either elect lawmakers who will provide law and order within North Carolina, or those who wish to defund law enforcement and not stand with the men and women in blue. We hope North Carolina Citizens will stand with law enforcement and elect these courageous candidates who will continue to support our law enforcement officers across North Carolina.

“We are confident these candidates are the best choices to continue the Association's efforts to protect and provide for those who serve,” he continued. “Our troopers, along with all law enforcement professionals in the state, deserve the same level of support and dedication from their elected officials, as they give. For these reasons, we proudly support their candidacy.” 

Other candidates endorsed by the Association include Dan Forest for governor, Mark Robinson for lieutenant governor, Thom Tillis for U.S. Senate

McInnis is running for his fourth term in the North Carolina Senate. He was first elected to the position in 2014 after defeating Democrat Gene McLaurin. He has since overcome challenges from two Democratic candidates, including Moore County’s Helen Probst Mills, who is running again this year.

Moss, the first Republican elected to Richmond County Board of Commissioners in more than a century, is running for the seat in the N.C. House of Representatives currently held by Democrat Scott Brewer.

Brewer was appointed to the seat in 2019 when Ken Goodman was appointed to the N.C. Industrial Commission.  

That seat has been held by a Democrat for decades, including former state Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin and his wife, the late Melanie Goodwin.