First Posted: 2/26/2010
LUMBERTON Marc Boudreau, a Republican from St. Pauls, filed Thursday as a candidate for the state Senate seat representing District 13. District 13 includes both Robeson and Hoke counties.
Boudreau, who is running for his first public office, is the only Republican so far to file for the Senate seat in the May 4 primary. Democrats who have already filed include incumbent state Sen. Michael Walters and Robert Benjamin Clark III, who ran unsuccessfully in the 2006 and 2008 Democratic primaries, losing each time to former Sen. David Weinstein.
Candidate filing for the primary ends today at noon.
Boudreau, 45, is the co-owner of Tarheel Diabetic and Medical Supply Inc., located in St. Pauls. Originally from Old Orchard Beach, Maine, he has lived in North Carolina since 1989, when he arrived in Fayetteville as a member of the U.S. Army. He served during Desert Storm as a diesel mechanic.
Average working people need to get involved in running North Carolina. Professional politicians are seemingly looking out for their own interests, Boudreau said. I dont think the system is fair. I want to see representation, not robbery; solutions, not handouts; progress, not poverty promotion; and incentives for success, not failures.
Boudreau describes himself as average Joe American who especially enjoys the outdoors and participating in sports and other activities with his family. He is a lifelong member of the National Rifle Association, and a member of First Church of Fayetteville.
Boudreau and his wife Kathleen have five children: Charissa, 19; Kyle, 17; Jocelyn, 11; Jared, 9; and Seth, 5.
Also this week, Ilario Gregory Pantano, a veteran of the First Gulf and Iraq wars, filed as a Republican candidate for the U.S. House District 7 seat now held by Democrat Mike McIntyre. Pantano, of Wilmington, will be challenged in the primary by Republicans Will Breazeale of Wilmington and Randy Crow of Kelly.
Pantano, 38, made national news during his military career when he was charged and later acquitted of shooting two Iraqis. A former Marine, he has worked on Wall Street, served as a deputy in the New Hanover County Sheriffs Office, and written several books, one of which describes his experiences in the Persian Gulf.