Barnes unseats Democratic lawmaker


Lisa Barnes, left, talks with Angela Hight, a GOP field organizer, as they look at election results Tuesday at Nash County GOP headquarters.


Staff Writer

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Nash County Commissioner Lisa Barnes will trade meetings in Nashville for meetings in Raleigh as the new representative for state House 7.

Barnes, a Republican, crushed Democratic incumbent Bobbie Richardson in the race to represent southern Nash and all of Franklin County in the state House.

Barnes received 18,252 votes or 57.9 percent to Richardson's 13,221 votes or 41 percent.

Barnes said she wants to thank all of her supporters in both counties.

“The voters in this district want a fresh voice to represent them,” Barnes said while looking over incoming results at the Nash County GOP Headquarters on Sunset Avenue in Rocky Mount.

Barnes said she understands the issues facing the district and will work hard in Raleigh to make sure those issues are known to the House.

Barnes has been on a roll with a primary landslide victory and raising a pile of campaign cash.

To win the GOP primary in May, Barnes soundly defeated Franklin County businessman Glen Bradley. Barnes received 1,966 votes, or 73 percent, to Bradley's 724 votes, or 27 percent.

Barnes out-raised Richardson by nearly three times, according to second-quarter campaign finance reports, which were released in July. Third-quarter filings were due Oct. 31 and haven't been disclosed. As of July, Barnes had raised a total of $144,650 to Richardson's $54,894.

Barnes said she's lived in the area her entire life and is invested in Nash County as a property owner, tax payer, business owner and community leader.

Barnes received an associate degree from Peace College, a bachelor‘s degree from N.C. State University, graduated from the legal assistants program at Meredith College and completed the advanced leadership corps at the UNC School of Government. She's self-employed in agribusiness.

A graduate of Nash County public schools, Barnes said she believes in investing in students and teachers.

“Part of that investment is realized through proceeds from the N.C. Education Lottery, of which 24.5 percent currently goes to education,” Barnes said. “I will work for transparent accounting and appropriation of lottery funding.”

Barnes has an associate degree from Peace College, a bachelor’s degree in political science from N.C. State University and graduated from the legal assistants program at Meredith College. She's also a graduate of the UNC School of Government’s Advanced Leadership Corps program.

She is married with three children.