Two NC House Republicans look to succeed Dobson

Combined image of Rep. Jon Hardister (R-Guilford) and Rep. Ben Moss (R-Richmond).

RALEIGH — The surprise retirement of first-term Labor Commissioner Josh Dobson could lead to a competitive primary between at least two interested N.C. House Republican members. 

Soon after Dobson’s announcement, Guilford County Rep. Jon Hardister said he was “strongly” looking at the race. Hardister, who has won competitive races in eastern Guilford County, was recently reelected to a sixth term in the N.C. House of Representatives. 

First-term Rep. Ben Moss of Richmond County formally entered the race on Tuesday. Moss, who defeated the outgoing Moore County Rep. Jamie Boles when the two were double-bunked, said he has spent his entire life working to advance North Carolina’s workforce. 

“I have real-life experience to offer North Carolinians by serving as Labor Commissioner. I am an employer, and I’ve also worked as an employee in a high-risk work environment,” said Moss in a statement.