Sasser opts out of N.C. House race, endorses advisor Huneycutt

District 67 seat sees new contenders as Sasser concludes tenure, primary scheduled for March 2024

ALBEMARLE — Representative Wayne Sasser (R-Stanly), announced he will not seek another term in the North Carolina House of Representatives for District 67, as candidate filing approaches for the November 2024 election.

Sasser, 73, currently in his third term, has been representing Stanly and Montgomery counties since January 1, 2019, after his election in 2018.

In a social media message on November 14, Sasser stated, “After much thought, consideration, and conversations with my family and supporters, I have decided to not seek re-election for my seat representing Stanly and Montgomery counties in the North Carolina House of Representatives. I would like to thank those who have supported me the last several years. I have worked diligently to represent the citizens of the 67th district with dignity and integrity. Throughout my term, we have brought back over $220 million to our district all while cutting taxes.”

He added, “Amongst a litany of other issues, some of my most tireless hours were spent tackling the opioid epidemic. As the only pharmacist in the North Carolina General Assembly, I was able to weigh in on many other issues related to pharmacists and the pharmaceutical industry. I am proud to say I am leaving Stanly and Montgomery counties better than I found them.”

Sasser’s political journey includes defeating incumbent Justin Burr in the GOP primary and Democrat Karen Webster in the 2018 general election. He ran unopposed in the 2020 and 2022 cycles.

Alongside announcing he won’t seek a fourth term, Sasser endorsed Cody Huneycutt, his policy advisor for four years. Huneycutt, with eight years of experience in the N.C. General Assembly, declared his candidacy on November 3, saying, “Today, after months of prayer and discussions with my wife, I would like to announce that I am running for North Carolina House District 67 to represent Stanly and Montgomery counties. My candidacy is based on the conviction to continue to serve this district in the most positively impactful way possible. As your representative, I will provide a healthy balance of common-sense policy solutions, while standing on core conservative Republican principles.”

Brandon King, a Stanly County Commissioner and business owner, also aims for Sasser’s seat, announcing his committee formation on September 28, stating, “I would like to thank my wife and children for their unwavering support as I started my political journey a couple years ago when I ran for Stanly County Commissioner. Upon winning that seat, it has truly opened my eyes and shown me that we need people in office that will stand up and speak for the majority and not just sit back and conform to what certain groups say we need to conform to. We have many issues facing our country and state, and we must stand together.”

The primary election for District 67 is scheduled for March 5, 2024.