Republican N.C. District 12 House candidate Jim Dancy has been campaigning across the district since he filed for office.

Republican N.C. District 12 House candidate Jim Dancy has been campaigning across the district since he filed for office in February, spurred to run when he went to sleep one night in a district represented by a Republican and woke up the next day in a district represented by a Democrat.

New house districts adopted by the Republican-controlled General Assembly moved River Bend out of Rep. Norman Sandersonís District 3 and into District 12, which was then represented by the now late Democratic Rep. William Wainwright.

A New Jersey native, Dancy said he settled in River Bend after he got married and "Iíve spent my whole adult life here." His mother also moved to North Carolina.

Dancy said he is running for office because "I was raised with public service. My father was mayor of Caldwell, N.J., for 10 years and my grandfather was a New Jersey assemblyman. Public office is a public service."

But he thinks that elected office should have term limits and said, if elected, "I would go up there and service the state in a positive way a couple of terms and get out and come home," as opposed to the 22 years that the late Wainwright served.

"My personal view is toward the conservative side but I am going into this knowing Iíll be the representative of everybody, and thatís the mindset Iím going to keep," Dancy said. "Iím not going to dictate my principles as much as I am going to listen to the districts needs."

He said, "The happiest part of the campaign is door to door" and he has been listening to the views of Greene, Lenoir and Craven residents.

"I have been recently endorsed by the North Carolina Frederick Douglas Foundation," he said, "an organization that bridges the gap between conservatives and the black community and especially in District 12, thatís what Iíve been trying to do."

He said he has regularly attended events and built relationships in Lenoir and Greene counties.

"I think I am going to work across party lines just fine," said Dancy. "I believe thatís one of my best assets."

Dancy said, "I would be a watchdog, protector of military bases, given the opportunity. Thatís a big, big part of our economy. It would be devastating to the whole area if anything happened to the bases."

He said he would support school vouchers. "I believe it would give parents more school choice, and education starts at home. Anything that gives parents more input in choice of education is a good thing."

On the issue of ferry tolls, Dancy said, "Nobody gets a free lunch but my goal would be to keep taxes and fees as low as we can for everybody."

Dancy said he thinks that especially in Lenoir County, which has rising numbers of non-violent crime, he would support alternatives to jail time.

"A lot of families are being split up when there could be an alternative," he said. "Ö Iím not saying donít punish crime, but if there is a way to keep some of these folks out of jail, it would be positive."

"I will do anything I can to support small business Ö anything that would draw business to Eastern North Carolina," he said.

Dancy is passing out cards with his personal cell phone number.

"I want to be accessible," he said. "I want public awareness of their representation."