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Speed to run for Nash County's NC Senate seat

Posted on November 23, 2021

Updated on November 29, 2021

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Under legislative redistricting plans approved Nov. 4, Senate District 11 will encompass the entirety of Vance, Franklin and Nash counties. The current district includes all of Nash County and a large portion of Johnston County.

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Under legislative redistricting plans approved Nov. 4, Senate District 11 will encompass the entirety of Vance, Franklin and Nash counties. The current district includes all of Nash County and a large portion of Johnston County.

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LOUISBURG — Franklin County Commissioner Mark Speed has announced his candidacy for the N.C. Senate’s District 11 seat representing Nash, Franklin and Vance counties.

“I am excited and honored to announce my candidacy to represent the great people of Franklin, Nash, and Vance counties,” Speed said. “Over the coming months, I look forward to traveling throughout the district to hear from members of our community on how I can best serve them and to share my vision for our great state.”

Speed, a Democrat, is the first candidate to announce plans to run for the office.

Southern Nash County farm owner Lisa Barnes, a Republican, currently holds the District 11 seat.

Under legislative redistricting plans approved on Nov. 4 and scheduled to take effect for next year’s elections, Senate District 11 will encompass the entirety of Vance, Franklin and Nash counties. The current district includes all of Nash County and a large portion of Johnston County.

Speed has served as a county commissioner since his appointment in 2017.

Prior to that, and throughout his time on the county commission, Speed served on various community service boards representing all three counties.

Speed has a heritage of public service.

His grandfather served on the Franklin County Board of Commissioners in the 1920s.

Speed’s father, James D. Speed, represented the community for more than 30 years in the N.C. General Assembly.

Speed said he hopes to bring his family’s values of service and stability to the state Senate.

Speed and his wife of 28 years, Camille Speed, live in Louisburg. They are members of Red Bud Baptist Church.

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