Concord Attorney and former Clerk of Court, Fred Biggers, has launched a challenge against 36th District Senator Fletcher Hartsell in the Republican primary for NC Senate.
Hartsell came under scrutiny for campaign finance reports which show Hartsell spent nearly $100,000 of his campaign's money in 2011 and 2010 paying off debts on at least 10 personal credit cards.
State Senator Fletcher Hartsell (R - Cabarrus) has been at the forefront of the state takeover battle against Alcoa, sponsoring legislation, pressuring DENR and the EPA, writing letters to newspapers. He sponsored the failed Yadkin River Trust legislation and created the Uwharrie Regional Resources Commission behind closed doors in Raleigh. He set off a flurry of controversy, with opposition from none other than Bill Friday, by subpoenaing tapes from UNC-TV which had not yet been aired. Hartsell instigated an investigation against High Rock Lake Association President Larry Jones, allegations of which Jones was later exonerated, but not before having his reputation sullied in newspapers across the state. Now Hartsell himself is facing accusations on two fronts.
The primary is May 6th. Since no Democrats have filed for the seat, it is likely that the victor in the May 6th primary will win the District 36 Senate seat.