New Democrat to take Fayetteville’s House District 44 seat

A new Democrat will likely represent Cumberland County’s newly drawn House District 44.

Incumbent Billy Richardson did not refile for the seat, which also did not draw any Republican candidates for the May primary election.

Cumberland County natives Terry Johnson, 56, and Charles Smith, 30, are facing each other in the Democrat primary.

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District 44 includes areas of Fayetteville west of US 401 and south of NC 295 to include the Bonnie Doone and Haymount and Evergreen Estates neighborhoods. Also in the district are areas near Morganton, Skibo, and Murchison roads and a portion of Country Club Drive.


This is not Johnson’s first campaign.

He ran against Richardson in the March 2020 primary, receiving 4,693 votes to Richardson’s 5,109.

Johnson is a Fayetteville native who describes himself as a community volunteer, small business owner, veteran, family man and man of God.

After graduating from Westover Senior High School, he enlisted in the Army and spent almost 10 years in the military, including six years in the North Carolina National Guard.


A graduate of Fayetteville Technical Community College who also is taking classes at Fayetteville State University, Johnson is a mortician and owner of Terry Johnson Funeral Home. He also owns a vehicle storage business.

He is a member of Insoul Fellowship Church and past president of Firefox Homeowners Association. He has been married to his wife, Claudia, for 22 years and is a father and grandfather.

Medicaid expansion and education are Johnson’s platforms.

“They’re personal for me,” Johnson said.

He said that before a COVID-19 vaccine was developed, he contracted the virus and was hospitalized for eight days and on a respirator.

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