Brisson wins 3rd term in N.C. House
Wed Nov 03, 2010
By April Dudash
Fay Observer Staff Writer

Democrat William Brisson won a third term Tuesday in the state House District 22 race, complete but unofficial election returns show. Brisson, a full-time farmer from Bladen County, received 12,605 votes to defeat political newcomer John Szoka, a Republican who got 11,249 votes.
The district covers all of Bladen County and the southern part of Cumberland County.
Brisson, a former Bladen County commissioner, watched the election results from home after visiting polls all day. He said he is looking forward to representing the people of his district, which is comprised of many elderly and low-income families. Brisson said some of his focus will be upgrading technology in schools and helping promote small businesses. "It's about the people," Brisson said. "It's never been about me, and as long as I stay there, it's going to be for the people."
Szoka, a retired Army lieutenant colonel who lives in Cumberland County's Gates Four subdivision, said it was a close race, and he thanked residents who voted for him. "Mr Brisson's record was not very distinguished when he was there, and apparently the voters in Bladen County chose him to continue to represent them rather than someone with new ideas," Szoka said.

Staff writer April Dudash can be reached at dudasha@fayobserver.com or 486-3569.