Listed alphabetically below is the contact information for each of Moore County’s candidates, both for the May primary, and the November election. Please contact them if you are interested in helping with their campaigns.

    We’ll be updating this list as more information becomes available,

    and as additional candidates file for races with a later filing deadline.




  • What’s the Furor over the Atlantic Coast Pipeline all about?

    Risky and Unnecessary Natural Gas Pipelines Threaten Our Region
    Rivers, streams and forests are in the crosshairs of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a proposed interstate gas pipeline, which would cut through one of the most intact conservation landscapes in the Southeast in West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina to move natural gas from the well-fields to Mid-Atlantic and Southeast customers. Its route includes remote sections of the George Washington and Monongahela national forests.
    Dominion Energy and Duke Energy are rushing forward with the Atlantic Coast Pipeline even though it lacks strong market support, and they plan to pass the cost of this pipeline on to their customers. This unnecessary pipeline will not only harm the mountains, forests and waterways in its path – it will also disrupt the lives of the people living and working along its 600-mile-long route and lock a new generation into decades more of fossil fuel consumption.
    A central argument against the pipeline is the growing evidence that the project is not necessary. In the three years since the Atlantic Coast Pipeline was proposed its justification as a fuel source for gas-fired power plants has continued to erode. New analysis shows that demand for gas-fired electricity generation is not growing in our region and is not expect to grow significantly for the foreseeable future.
    Other concerns include the impact on water quality, and concerns about the risks to agricultural and rural communities, including damage to scenic landscapes and the risk of pollution.
    [Editor’s note: Critics also note that the proposed route disproportionately impacts Native Americans, including members of the Meherrin, Haliwa-Saponi, Coharie, and Lumbee Tribes of North Carolina. Native Americans make up over 13% of the population living in census tracts located within one mile the proposed route through North Carolina.]
  • Four Moore County Candidates File for Office

  • Moore County Democrat Helen Mills to challenge Richmond’s Tom McInnis for NC Senate seat


    PINEHURST — A self-described “overly committed volunteer” from Moore County is challenging Tom McInnis for his seat in the North Carolina Senate.

    Helen Probst Mills, a Democrat, announced her candidacy Thursday for the District 25 seat.

    Mills grew up a daughter to a single mother and is, herself, a mother of three and cancer survivor who moved to North Carolina with her husband, Stuart, in 2006. She is also licensed to practice law in Illinois.

    Last year, Mills was appointed by Gov. Roy Cooper to the Sandhills Community College Board of Trustees. She also serves on the college’s Foundation Board, where she helped develop a program allowing high school graduates to attend for two years without having to pay tuition.

    Mills also serves as development chair fo the Northern Moore Family Resource Center in Robbins, which has opened preschool and is developing a community center, according to a press release.

    Asked why she decided to run for office, Mills said there were “a variety of reasons,” including her disagreement with the decisions being made in Raleigh.

    Education and health care are at the top of her issues list.

    “Politicians today continue to underfund our schools and force our teachers to do more with far less,” she said in a statement.

    “Ever since I was a child, my mother instilled in me the importance of a good education and helping others,” she said. “I received a good education from public schools and I want the same — early childhood pre-K3, strong public schools, affordable college and vocational education and good jobs — for everyone across North Carolina.”

    After being diagnosed with breast cancer following a routine mammogram, Mills underwent two lumpectomies, as mastectomy and chemotherapy. She credits her care to being insured but says “hundreds of thousands of people in North Carolina aren’t that lucky.”

    “Everyone, no matter their background or how much money they make, should have access to affordable, quality health care,” she said. “Yet too many politicians in Raleigh put petty partisan politics over policies that would help thousands. That is wrong for my community and for North Carolina.”

    District 25 comprises Moore, Richmond, Scotland and Anson counties — or should, once all the legal wrangling over redistricting is out of the way.

    Mills has already garnered the support of one prominent Richmond County Democrat: former Rockingham mayor Gene McLauin, who held the Senate seat for one term before losing to McInnis in the 2014 election.

    “I have gotten to know Helen over the past few years,” he said. “She is an accomplished person with a strong commitment to service.”

    McLaurin added that she was “a forward-thinking leader and will be a real advocate for education, workforce development, health care and children’s issues.”

    “Helen has extensive legal and business experience which makes her well prepared to represent this district in Raleigh.”

    N.C. Democratic Party Chairman Wayne Goodwin, a Hamlet native and former legislator, is optimistic about Mills’ and the party’s chances in the upcoming election.

    “Senate District 25 is a competitive district, with more registered Democrats than Republicans,” he said, “and with a strong candidate like Helen who’s rooted in her community and the energy and excitement at our backs, Republicans will be on their heels all year.”

    WUNC reported Thursday that Mills is one of four Democrat women seeking election to the state Senate.

    McInnis, R-Richmond, defeated another female challenger, Anson County educator Dannie Montgomery, in 2016.


    DURHAM – The North Carolina NAACP and Democracy North Carolina issued this joint statement following the meeting of the Redistricting Committee of the North Carolina General Assembly, which is under federal court order to remedy by September 1, 2017 the unconstitutional, racially-gerrymandered maps that brought the legislature to power.  Today, the committee adopted, along party lines, nine criteria for legislative redistricting, which include prohibiting the consideration of race in the drawing of new maps, while permitting precincts to be split for partisan advantage, the protection of incumbents, and “political consideration” of election results data.

          “During the most recent hearing in the federal redistricting case Covington v. North Carolina, the three-judge panel rebuked the leadership of the General Assembly in open court for failing to take seriously the egregious harms caused by their illegal racial gerrymander,” said Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, president of the North Carolina NAACP.  “Today, the General Assembly made it absolutely clear that they are not serious about remedying the grave constitutional harm they have wrought.  They refuse to repent for their unconstitutional, racially-gerrymandered maps, and are instead flagrantly engaging in a remedial process that will result in discriminatory maps and subvert the will of the people.  The General Assembly is acting in bad faith — it is time for them to stop this sham process and show us and the courts their maps.”

         “The criteria that the Redistricting Committee adopted today blatantly disregards the mandates of the Voting Rights Act, which requires lawmakers to give race proper consideration when drawing district lines,” stated NC NAACP Attorney Irv Joyner.  “We need to remember that the leadership caucus of this legislature came to power in the first place by using illegal maps that devalued and diminished the power of black voters, and then spent over half a decade wielding that power to hurt people of color, women, the LGBTQ community, workers, and the sickest and poorest among us.  The same people who were responsible for the first racial gerrymander are at it again.  Refusing to consider race at all in drawing remedial maps is illegal under federal law, and the NC NAACP will continue to monitor and challenge any efforts by the General Assembly to disempower and disenfranchise black voters.”

         “Today’s Redistricting Committee Meeting to determine criteria for redrawing racially-gerrymandered districts illustrated just how invulnerable the Republican leadership feels, and how far they’ll go to rig the system for partisan control,” said Bob Hall, Executive Director of Democracy North Carolina.  “This charade approved previously struck-down standards for voting districts that rejects interests of voters of color and elevates partisan politics in the process. It also continues the pretense that N.C. House and Senate district maps aren’t already drawn by the GOP’s go-to gerrymanderer, Thomas Hofeller. For too long, this racist and partisan gerrymandering has diluted and manipulated the power of North Carolina voters and led to costly court battles. Nothing we saw today suggests these maps will be any different. We’re demanding these lawmakers drop the act and show us their maps.”