Republican from Cumberland County Clarence Goins announced his intention to run for NC House District 43 this evening. The district—currently held by Democratic Representative Elmer Floyd—was redrawn earlier this year to become more favorable to Republicans. Goins, who identifies as Coharie, was a candidate for U.S. Congress in 2018 when he ran in a three-way primary with Robert Pittenger, and Mark Harris.
Goins was seen by some prominent Republicans as a serious contender in Cumberland County for District 43, despite his third-place congressional primary finish. During the past week there has been speculation he was being pursued for this seat.
When he ran for Congress Goins focused on a message of reducing the national debt. Expect him to once again push a platform of fiscal conservatism.
If he secures the nomination Goins will go up against the winner of the Democratic primary. That race has recently seen Dr. Kimberly Hardy register to run against incumbent Elmer Floyd.
Goins was born and raised in Cumberland County and received a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Trust Management from Campbell University. He resides in Eastover and works in the banking industry.