WAGRAM – On Tuesday, State Representative Garland Pierce, D-Scotland, announced he was running for re-election for another term in the legislature to represent the Counties of Scotland and Hoke at the General Assembly of North Carolina.
“I am proud to announce that I will be running for re-election in House District 48, a district I have proudly served since 2004,” said Pierce. “I have long lived by the motto that I am your voice in the legislature and I stand by it.”
Pierce is a senior member of the General Assembly and, if re-elected, it will be Pierce’s 10th term in the House. As vice chairman of the House Commerce Committee, Pierce oversees legislation designed to bring economic development and well-paying jobs to North Carolina.
During his time in the legislature, Pierce was a strong advocate for the residents of the Counties of Scotland and Hoke. His track record includes creating quality jobs in our counties, promoting funding for our county facilities and programs, a strong supporter of public education, partnering with community organizations to improve the quality of life for all residents and work hard to keep our drinking water clean and the environment clean.
He said he hopes to continue to be a champion on issues of poverty, economic development, the environment and the empowerment of parents and teachers. Regarding education, Pierce said: “It is essential that our educators and support staff are well paid and that our schools have the materials necessary for our students to thrive.”
Pierce was born in Fayetteville but currently resides in Wagram. He is the pastor of Bright Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church in Laurinburg and has lived in the county of Scotland for over 30 years.
Pierce has also served as Chairman of the North Carolina Legislative Black Caucus, Chairman of the Democratic Conference, Democratic Whip, and Third Vice Chairman of the North Carolina NAACP.
He is retired from the United Parcel Service and is a veteran of the United States Army, where he served from 1971 to 1974. He received a BA from Fayetteville State University and an MA from Shaw University. . Pierce and his wife Barbara have two children, James and Nicole, and two grandchildren, Danny and Ari.