Sen. Andrew Brock of Davie County looked at the new map for North Carolina congressional districts and saw an opportunity. The new redistricting plan drawn up by his own Republican party moved the new 13th district that encompassed much of the Research Triangle over to a new area that includes Davie, Davidson, Iredell and part of Guilford and Rowan counties. Most of Brock’s state senate district lies within the congressional district. So Brock now is campaigning for a congressional seat.
Brock, 41, has spent most of his political life in the North Carolina Senate. He was a member of the Senate Sargent at Arms staff right out of college in the early 1990s. Brock worked on political campaigns across the state after graduating from Western Carolina University, including the re-election for U.S. Sen. Lauch Faircloth. He has held his senate seat for 14 years without opposition. He is co-chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources and is co-chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee for his specialty.
The new congressional map is more compact that any in recent history. The Federal Courts, which ordered the state to redistrict and eliminate the racially-gerrymandered First and 12th Districts, are expected to sign off on the new map. The General Assembly last week adopted the plan and set June 23rd for a special election. Brock has visited the Manufacturing Solutions Center and attended the official opening in 2014. He has supported state appropriations for the MSC and Textile Technology Center. Democrats are hoping former State Rep. Cal Cunningham will seek the seat also. Cunningham is a Lexington lawyer who ran for the U.S. Senate in 2010 and lost in the primary to Elaine Marshall.