Oak Ridge Republican Town Councilmember Mayor Ann Schneider has filed to run for the North Carolina House District 62 seat, arguing that her six years on the Oak Ridge Town Council – including four years as mayor – makes her “uniquely prepared” to be the state representative for the small towns in District 62 as well as for the cities of High Point and Greensboro.

Schneider and her husband of 36 years have lived in Oak Ridge for a decade and a half and are the parents of three adult children. A small business owner, she is also active in the community and has recently served on the board of the North Carolina Mayor’s Association.

In order to win the Republican primary in March, Schneider will need to come out on top of a group of competitors that includes some seasoned politicians with solid name recognition.

Also running in the Republican primary are former state Rep. John Blust, Michelle Bardsley, Jaxon Barber and High Point City Councilmember Britt Moore.

Schneider says she believes her mayoral experience is a very good launching pad for the District 62 seat that’s opening up due to the retirement of long-term NC state Rep. John Faircloth. Schneider stated in a press release that she “has already built strong relationships with local leaders and with representatives in Raleigh, who awarded more than $9 million to Oak Ridge” during her tenure as mayor.

She’s promising to bring her “expertise” to the rest of District 62.

In the press release announcing her candidacy, she also promised “to serve the needs of residents, who want a representative who will defend their constitutional rights, lower taxes, fight inflation, and preserve our state’s livability.”

  Other priorities she’ll be stressing on the campaign trail include parents’ rights, creating excellence in schools and providing North Carolinians more school choice – helping make schools “free from political indoctrination.”

Her campaign literature states: “Ann will provide critical support for new and existing businesses, while working to strip away unnecessary regulation. She’ll stand up for common-sense housing growth, balanced with strong support for agriculture, and protections for the natural and historic resources that define our state’s high quality of life.”

Another key concern she wants a chance to address at the state level is the crime rate – and she says she’s committed to offering more support to first responders and veterans.