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House 25 primary candidates make their case

Posted on May 8, 2022

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Yvonne McLeod

Yvonne McLeod

Allen Chesser

Allen Chesser

Yvonne McLeod

Yvonne McLeod

Allen Chesser

Allen Chesser

Three candidates are vying for nomination in the GOP primary for state House 25 representing Nash County.

Yvonne McLeod, Allen Chesser and Alsey Hopkins want to win May 17 in order to go on to face state Rep. James Gailliard in the November general election.

McLeod, 57, of Rocky Mount is a swim instructor and lifeguard at Rocky Mount Senior Center. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma. 

Allen Chesser, 36, of Middlesex is a civil engineer with a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems from N.C. Wesleyan College.

Hopkins, 22, of Middlesex is a student at N.C. State University. He didn’t respond to a questionnaire from The Enterprise by deadline for this report.

The House seat would be the first elected office for all three candidates.

McLeod said she’s running because she’s frustrated with the authoritarian overreach of Gov. Roy Cooper and the lack of support from Nash County’s representative over the last couple of years.

“So when I was approached by the Nash GOP to consider running, I prayed, talked with family and friends and enthusiastically said ‘yes,’” McLeod said. “All the residents of Nash County need a strong advocate in Raleigh, supporting and defending their rights.”

Chesser said that as a combat veteran, he can see the battle for America is no longer overseas.

“The battle for the spirit of America is here — in our homes, our streets, our schools, our businesses and our communities,” Chesser said. “Damaging policies like cancel culture and critical race theory only work to divide us; while weak leadership has led to out-of-control spending and inflation that robs us of our ability to achieve true freedom and independence. Nash County, and all of North Carolina, deserves a state representative that will fight for them in Raleigh.”

McLeod said if elected, the greatest challenge she’ll face in her first term will be to help pass responsible legislation that protects and supports the rights of the residents of Nash County, including legislation that prioritizes empowering parents and families and the continued economic success of Nash County.

Chesser said his legislative agenda is simple: pass a constitutional carry law, pass the life at conception act and support school choice.

“Though to accomplish such goals, I will need the help of many others within the legislature,” Chesser said. “I think that will be my biggest challenge: to overcome the partisan divisions and entrenched establishment, get them to put aside weak talking points and vote on the values they campaigned on. Currently, it appears that representatives in Raleigh spend all their time pointing fingers and casting blame, but they never actually solve any problems. We can do better.”

McLeod, who is married with two adult sons, said she was looking for a small town community after her husband retired from the Air Force. She found it in Nash County.

“Rocky Mount was bigger than I anticipated, but Nash County did not disappoint when it came to community,” McLeod said. “The festivals, the parks, the museums, the colleges, the history, the people. Oh the people. My neighbors, my fellow residents are by far what I most enjoy about our area.”

Chesser, married with five children, said what he enjoys most about Nash County are its people.

“Our community a jewel to behold,” Chesser said. “What I love most about Nash County is how genuine the people are. You truly feel like you are surrounded by friends and family. I have seen firsthand how our community has put aside our differences to come together during tragedies. I remember the flood of 1999, I was only a teenager, but I saw a community united by genuine love and concern for their neighbors. Recently, that care was made evident with the QVC warehouse fire. The hearts of our people are truly unmatched.”

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