NEW HANOVER COUNTY — Ted Davis, who state assembly seat has been uncontested for two terms, will have a challenger in the 2018 election.
Marcia Morgan, a former professor and retired colonel in the United States Army, announced today her campaign for District 19. Morgan, a Democrat, will be the first candidate to oppose Davis since he defeated Emilie Swearingen by nearly 20 percentage points in 2012.
Morgan retired from a career in the Army after teaching ROTC at University of California, Berkley, and two tours in the Pentagon, including a stint working from the Chief of Staff of the Army; Morgan returned to work for the Army as a contractor.
“Following a short retirement, I was asked to return as a contractor to continue working toward providing quality logistical support, giving the soldiers of this country access to the finest equipment and living conditions possible. The military had already taught me that the best way to reach an objective was often through collaboration, cooperation and communication. These skills were truly honed as a contractor, when it was no longer possible to simply direct a task be done a particular way,” according to Morgan’s campaign website.
Morgan said that she had not thought about running for office until recently.
“As events continued to unfold after the 2016 elections, I, like many, became increasingly concerned about the direction in which our great state and nation were heading,” Morgan said.
“Although running for political office was never on my radar, I felt compelled to take a stand for issues I have cared about throughout my life. I am deeply concerned about our environment and protecting natural resources. Providing a quality public education for all our children is a mandate that we can’t ignore. We need an economy that helps individuals and families thrive. And we must be known as a state that treats all its citizens equally. We need voices in Raleigh that will advocate for these basic principles. That’s why I’m running,” she added.
District 19 include the southern part of New Hanover County, and includes southern Wilmington, Kure Beach and Carolina Beach. For more information on Morgan’s campaign, you can visit her campaign website or Facebook page.