Norman Sanderson is completing his first term in the N.C. House, but with N.C. Sen. Jean Preston’s decision not to seek another term, is running for the N.C. Senate District 2 seat she held.


Norman Sanderson is completing his first term in the N.C. House, but with N.C. Sen. Jean Preston’s decision not to seek another term, is running for the N.C. Senate District 2 seat she held.



Labeling himself “a Christian, a conservative, and a Republican in that order,” the one-term legislator has decided to test his experience and his knowledge of 20 years as a small businessman in a run for N.C. Senate.



He said that as the son of a farmer and member of a large family, he has long known the value of a strong worth ethic, and his business experience has proven that and further taught him to make tough decisions and appropriate compromise except on moral, ethical or constitutional issues.



Sanderson serves on House committees including Homeland Security-Military-Veterans Affairs, vice chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Education, Agriculture, Appropriations, Commerce and Job Development, and Environment. He has pushed for state funding of local historical sites that affect tourism and for support of Cherry Point.



He said he believes in the sanctity of human life and was endorsed by N.C. Right to Life but voted against the eugenics bill to provide some compensation to those who were sterilized by the state; is a strong Second Amendment rights advocate endorsed by the National Rifle Association, and believes that marriage should be between one man and one woman and supported that state constitutional amendment initiative.



Sanderson voted essentially down party lines on bills that passed the House during his first term, except the eugenics compensation bill and bill expanding casino gambling.



And he voted for the state budget that included ferry tolls. He said at an elections forum earlier this year that he did so as a compromise to other proposed cuts or the inevitability of a budget deficit and to keep his promise to put North Carolina back on the path toward fiscal accountability. Sanderson lives in Pamlico and has a business in Havelock so he would have to pay ferry tolls if implemented.



Sanderson said he is proud that the Republican-controlled House voted to cap the state gas tax and helped pass a state budget that include pay raises for teachers and state employees for the first time in four years.



“We loosened regulatory requirements on citizens, businesses and community colleges, made additional steps toward the safe exploration of natural gas off our coast, and strengthened Second Amendment rights and private property rights,” he said. 



“We must not go back to the way things were two years ago in North Carolina when the liberals were in control,” he said.



He  said he plans on working for conservative principles in the Senate and “represent the citizens, not special interests.”



Norman “Norm” Wesley Sanderson Jr.



Born: 1951, Lumberton



Residence: Arapahoe



Education: West Columbus High School, attended N.C. State University, BA in Christian Education, Logos Christian college



Professional: Small Business Owner, After School Daycare



Elected Office: N.C. State House District 3, 11/2/2010



Personal: Married, two children, three grandchildren



Activities: Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship America Crystal Coast Chapter, past president; first vice chair Pamlico County Republican N.C. Third Congressional District, Secretary of the Craven County Republican Men’s Club; member of Pamlico County Committee of 100, Pamlico County Chamber of Commerce, Havelock Chamber of Commerce, Oriental Rotary Club.