Twiddy announces bid for GOP state senate nomination

By on September 19, 2017

Coastal businessman and conservative Republican Clark Twiddy announced Tuesday that he plans to run for the state Senate.

“I look forward to spending my time traveling the area, listening to citizens’ thoughts and concerns, while sharing my vision of public service,” Twiddy said in the announcement.

Twiddy, who had been campaigning for lieutenant governor, said he was encouraged by state Sen. Bill Cook and other coastal citizens to make the switch.


Redistricting would create a new First District encompassing 11 counties. It would put Cook’s home county, Beaufort, in another district, and he has announced plans to retire.

The new legislative maps have yet to be finalized. But Cook’s retirement will leave an open seat no matter which maps are approved and Twiddy plans on running no matter the final district lines.

His announcement continues:

Twiddy had recently announced intentions to pursue a 2020 run for North Carolina Lt. Governor, but stated his goal was always about public service and when the State Senate became an option, it was an obvious choice. “If Senator Cook had made his announcement a few months ago, I would have made this decision then. I’m at a point in my life that I want to offer myself for public service and when this option came up, I was humbled by friends from our community that reached out and encouraged me to run for Senate”.

Twiddy went on to say “The issues facing our area of the state can be unique and we need a strong voice to make sure those issues are known in Raleigh”.


Twiddy concluded by saying that the character traits citizens see on the campaign trail from now until the election will be a strong indication of the type of State Senator they could expect.

“I will be going out to meet with citizens from all areas of the district, spending more time listening than talking. People will have my personal cell phone number and they will have unfiltered access to me. I will be the hardest working candidate in the state and if I am fortunate enough to earn the voters’ support, I will be the hardest working legislator in the state. I will be a true representative of the citizens and their values.”

Twiddy is a graduate of VMI and a retired Lt. Commander with U.S. Naval Intelligence. He returned to his North Carolina roots to work with the family real estate business, Twiddy & Company. He lives in Kitty Hawk with his wife & daughter.


Clark serves on the North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges, is a former Commander & active member of the Outer Banks VFW, the Roanoke Island Commission, Preservation North Carolina, the Outer Banks Community Foundation, and the NC Rural Center.


  • Islander

    Clark Twitty is a Republican in Name Only(RINO). He gave money to Roy Cooper in last election. He cannot explain that away. I will support Rep. Steinberg. He has experience in Raleigh, and he is a man of morality and a true Christian Conservative.

    Monday, Sep 25 @ 11:44 am
  • Buba

    Is he Retired from military?

    Friday, Oct 6 @ 8:35 pm
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