Area legislators take oaths during Havelock ceremony

Published: Monday, January 7, 2013 at 11:50 AM.

“I’m thoroughly looking forward to it,” Speciale said. “And I’m a lot more prepared now than I would have been had I won the last time I ran by staying involved and more trips up to the legislature, sitting in the committee meetings — they are open to the public; most people don’t realize that, but they are — and this is where things are really done.”

Chuck Tyson, mayor of Trent Woods and chairman of the Craven County Republican Party, said Sanderson and Speciale had their work cut out for them.

“They’ve got a lot of heavy lifting to do in the next couple of years to turn things around,” Tyson said. “I know they are going to do the right thing for this state and vote their convictions.”

Forest said now the fighting begins for education, simplifying the state’s tax code and improving the economy.

Newby said he was humbled when he looked out at the people who helped him win re-election to the Supreme Court.

Speciale said he would conduct himself in Raleigh the way he expected representatives he has voted for in the past to conduct themselves.

When Speciale went to the polls, he wanted a representative to read the bills before they voted and to read the N.C. and U.S. Constitutions. He wanted honor for everyone who built the country.

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