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Paul Newton to keep state senate seat

Paul Newton to keep state senate seat

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N.C. Sen. Paul Newton is keeping his seat in District 36.

The race spanned across Cabarrus and Union counties. Newton had 57.78% of the votes cast, with 69,384, and Democratic candidate and political newcomer Marcus Singleton garnered 42.22%, or 50,705 votes.

All Cabarrus County precincts had reported with Newton in the lead earlier in the night before all Union County precincts had come in. 

This was not Singleton’s first race. He was also a city of Concord District 1 Councilmember candidate in 2019 before dropping out of the race to focus on the N.C. Senate District 36 race. Although he left too late in the 2019 city council race for his name to be removed from the ballot.

Newton ran on his experience with creating jobs after a 25-year-long career with Duke Energy. The state Senator left a private legal practice to join the company. Newton said he intends to keep his promise.

"Voters want people in Raleigh to use their common sense to make the state a better place for them and for their children," Newton said. "I'm committed to continuing to work diligently and effectively to improve on the quality of life we enjoy here in Cabarrus and Union counties and in this great state of North Carolina. Among other things, that means creating opportunities for good jobs."
 
 As senator, Newton has received several accolades, including 2017 Senator of the Year from the Metropolitan Mayors Coalition.
 
His first priority for the state is its education system, and he expressed concerns for the impact the pandemic has had on students. 
 
"We must continue to improve our education system. We need to safely reopen our schools so our children don't fall farther behind. Our citizens want to prosper, and government should facilitate that — not get in the way," he said. 
 
As a state Senator, Newton said, he will continue to support those affected by the pandemic. 
 
"We still have much work to do to support our struggling small business community, and families who've been impacted by COVID-19," Newton said. "Our health care heroes should continue to be honored and supported as we overcome this pandemic. 
 
"The people of Cabarrus and Union counties honored me with their votes. I am honored to serve them."

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