By Adam Lawson | Lincoln Times-News
Rep. Jason Saine essentially clinched a third full term in the North Carolina House of Representatives on Monday when the 2016 filing deadline passed with no action.
The Lincoln County Republican will run unopposed in November, meaning barring impeachment, resignation, retirement or a popular write-in candidate, Saine will continue in the 97th District seat he’s held the past four years.
“It feels nice to not have to campaign,” Saine said. “I’m very grateful and very humbled that I didn’t draw an opponent, that I’ll have a chance to go back unopposed.”
It’s the first unopposed run for Saine, who inherited the position upon Johnathan Rhyne’s retirement in August 2011. He easily defeated Republican challengers Jim Klein and Charles Newman in a 2012 primary, then held off Democrat Rosemary Hubbard in November 2014.