Tom McInnis, a conservative businessman, education and small business advocate, and native North Carolinian, announced Thursday he will seek re-election to the State Senate in the newly-drawn 25th District.

The son of a farmer and an elementary school teacher, McInnis was born and raised in Richmond County. He built a successful business that has created jobs throughout Southeastern North Carolina. Tom and his wife, Janice, have deep ties to Moore County which is now included in the 25th Senate district along with Richmond, Scotland, and Anson.

McInnis has devoted much of his life to public service, improving public schools, and creating job opportunities for rural North Carolina. He served on the Richmond County Board of Education before unseating an incumbent Democrat to win election to the General Assembly in 2014.

During his first two terms in the State Senate, McInnis has made a positive impact for families and job creators in his district and across North Carolina. A few of his more notable accomplishments include:

– Tax cuts for middle-class families that reduced the state income tax rate, made the first $20,000 of every family’s income tax-free, and cut or eliminated taxes for 99% of all North Carolinians.

– Raising teacher pay three years in a row, boosting student literacy, increasing principal compensation, investing in rural school construction and helping incentivize great teachers to stay in rural classrooms.

– Earning a chairmanship on the Senate Transportation Committee, which sets policy and appropriates state dollars for our infrastructure needs.

– Leading the fight against opioid addiction by co-sponsoring the STOP Act, which, among other measures, reduces the number of addictive opioid drugs doctors can prescribe.

McInnis said, “Growing up here in rural North Carolina, my parents instilled in me the values that made North Carolina great and will make it great again – hard work, honesty, and doing the right thing no matter the consequences. We’ve made great strides in Raleigh these past few years, but rural North Carolina continues to struggle. I know we have a lot more to accomplish, and I know that no one will shoot straighter or work harder for the 25th District than I will. I’m looking forward to earning the votes of my constituents in 2018 and promise to continue to be a strong voice for my district in the State Senate.”

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