The nod in this race goes to incumbent Rosa Gill, who for the past eight years has served as the representative for District 33. Back in 2009, she was selected for the seat after then-representative Dan Blue replaced the late Vernon Malone in the state Senate, and she's been there ever since. There's no reason that change that now.
Gill ran unopposed in the 2016 general election and won the primary with 64 percent of the vote. She's a retired teacher and school administrator who served on the Wake County Board of Education for ten years and remains a fierce advocate for public schools in the General Assembly. (And god knows the legislature needs more of those.) Over the past year, she introduced legislation to increase penalties for hate crimes, support students with dyslexia, and give the Wake County school system the flexibility to determine its own start and end dates for the year.
Gill's opponents, Antoine Marshall and Shirley E. Hicks, are solid candidates. Marshall is a community development attorney and the vice president of the African-American Caucus of the Democratic Party; Hicks serves on the housing appeals board for Raleigh, has a Ph.D. in public policy, and performed her doctoral research on homelessness in Wake County. Those are good credentials, but they don't top Gill's experience.