Everette Witherspoon to run for Womble seat in NC House

Everette Witherspoon, a Democratic Forsyth County commissioner, said he plans to file for the NC House District 71 seat currently held by Rep. Larry Womble, who was critically injured in a car accident in December.

“Representative Womble was all about social justice,” Witherspoon said. “It’s going to take a special person to fill his shoes.”

Witherspoon remarked in the atrium outside of commission chambers before a briefing this afternoon that he believes he holds the right political credentials on social justice to effectively win support among voters considering his background in social work.

Womble has represented District 71 since 1995. He served as the Southeast Ward representative on Winston-Salem City Council from 1981 to 1993. A staffer at Womble’s office said Rep. Earline Parmon plans to make an official announcement related to Womble and the election. The staffer said she could not specify the time the announcement was expected. Parmon could not be reached immediately for comment.

Witherspoon said he has heard that Evelyn Terry, also a Democrat, is also considering running for the seat. Terry told a group of progressive Democrats in Winston-Salem last week that she is thinking about running for elected office. She could not be reached immediately to confirm any possible plans. Terry also served as representative of the Southeast Ward, but was defeated by James Taylor Jr. in 2009. Taylor has announced plans to run for NC Senate District 32.

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