Al Hull, the first-term representative for Tarboro Ward 2 will have a newcomer vying for his seat on May 8 during the Primary Election.
Councilman Al Hull will be challenged by John Simms who is seeking his first political position.
Hull, 68, a real estate agent by trade, is seeking his second term.
His first term was, "Okay. It was some challenges because of the economy and they will probably continue for the next year or two," he said. "It's just like everything else. In the real estate business we sold more houses in 2011 than we did in 2010, so there is some sign of improvement. But we have a long way to go. The town has to conserve its money."
Simms, 57, a paramedic with the Edgecombe County Resue, said he thought about running for office a few years ago but decided against it. This election year was different.
"I felt like it was the right this time," he said. "I believe I can help the town and our citizens."
One area Simms hope to improve on is to bring new industries to Tarboro. He also would like to be a voice for the people.
"If I'm elected I will stand for the people, work hard for the people and listen to the people to make Tarboro a better place to live," he said.
Hull said his goal is the same as it was for his first term.
Hull said if he is elected he will, "Do what I can to bring jobs to Tarboro, improve health and human services, services for the aging population, recreation for adults and youth. I would like to improve the quality of life in our town."
The Primary election is May 8. One-stop early voting is already underway and ends on May 5.
Early voters can fill out ballots from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Edgecombe County Administrative Building in Tarboro and the Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education Administrative Building in Rocky Mount.