Brent Wiggs, 42, is seeking the seat on the Johnston County Board of Commissioners now held by Lee Jackson, who was appointed to the seat when Keith Branch resigned.
Wiggs is a salesman with Mutual Distributing, where he has been salesperson of the year four times.
He also owns Little Creek Labs, where he breeds and raises champion Labrador retrievers.
Although he has a Clayton address, he said he lives closer to Smithfield than to Clayton.
Wiggs is a native of Johnston County and the father of three children.
In announcing his candidacy, Wiggs said he wants to see the county continue to grow and prosper.
“I have a great love for Johnston County and the people who live here,” said Wiggs. “I want to be a part of the continued growth, as well as, maintain the traditional values that made us what we are today.”
A 1993 graduate of Smithfield-Selma High School, Wiggs has been a long time member of Ducks Unlimited and has served as a committee member of the local Delta Waterfowl chapter.
He was ordained a deacon at Wilson’s Mills Baptist Church and currently attends First Baptist in Smitfhield. He has coached various sports in Wilson’s Mills and Smithfield Parks and Recreation.
“Our citizens in Johnston County deserve to be represented by a county commissioner who can be trusted to make common sense decisions, to not be persuaded by political or other distractions,” said Wiggs. “Sound judgment is paramount when dealing with issues such as infrastructure, a new jail, or maintaining our county water system. It is also important to me to focus on the following areas for the people of Johnston County: safety, education, quality of local healthcare and ensuring that citizens make a good and fair wage.”