Democrat Renée Price will represent District 50 in the North Carolina House of Representatives according to unofficial results on Tuesday.
The seat was previously held by N.C. House Rep. Graig Meyer (D-Caswell, Orange), who is set to represent District 23 in the N.C. Senate.
Price defeated Republican Charles Lopez by a wide margin. She finished with 19,349 votes, winning 64.61 percent of the vote. While Lopez finished with 10,597 votes, 35.39 percent. Lopez congratulated Price on her victory.
Price has served on the Orange County Board of Commissioners since 2012. She was the board’s vice chairperson from 2018-2020 and has been its chairperson since 2020.
According to her website, Price’s priorities are funding schools, infrastructure, justice, climate, voting rights and health care and human services. She said she is also particularly focused on increasing access to broadband in North Carolina so homes and businesses can connect to the Internet.
Price told The Daily Tar Heel that she supports abortion rights, especially in cases of rape and incest.
“Women should be able to choose when they want to have a family, when they want to have children,” she said.
Voters at the polls in Orange County, including 33-year-old Chapel Hill resident Charlotte Barry, expressed support of abortion rights and their concerns in light of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Dobbs v Jackson Women's Health Organization.
“It is important to me that ideally, Democrats retain control of the Senate especially because of Roe v. Wade being overturned,” Barry said.