Who am I?
Im a native of Greenville, North Carolina. I earned my bachelors degree from N.C. A&T State University and later received a master in public administration from the University of Pittsburghs Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.
My entire professional career has been committed to public service. I defined my voice as a proven leader through my many years as a public school teacher. As my career progressed, I became the senior human resource officer for three state agencies and later harnessed my skillset to run for County Commissioner. My effective leadership was recognized by my fellow commissioners who elected me chair of the board in 2002. As chair, I led the board to support a $500 million dollar school bond referendum, which the public passed overwhelmingly.
North Carolina is at a critical point in our state's history. After over 100 years of Democratic leadership in the General Assembly, a new wave took hold in 2010. With that came a series of cuts to a critical source of job creation--our educational system. From pre-k to the university level the drivers of our state's economy have been pacified, creating a dimmer future for so many of our young people. Rather than focusing on jobs and the economy, divisive and controversial social issues are constantly at the forefront of the Republican leadership's policy-making process.
Why am I running?
Given my background in serving on the Board of Trustees of a community college, former State Representative, former County Commissioner, and lastly, Director of State Personnel, I have seen and heard what makes North Carolina a better place for all people because I have lived it every day in my career. Lieutenant Governor is a unique role that spans both the executive and legislative branch in North Carolina government. At a time, when our state is so divided and the political environment is so bitter, North Carolina needs an independent leader who has a record of bringing everyone to the table to promote sound public policy for a better tomorrow for all North Carolinians.
Job creation through strategic investment in infrastructure, energy independence and robust workforce training programs.
Reinvestment in education that reflects North Carolinas rich history of strong public education by restoring funding cuts championed by the GOP-led legislature, increasing technology in the classroom, ensuring that our educators are treated as the professionals they are and investment in pre-K education.
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My Campaign is People Powered!
I have recently launched a Women for Coleman group, solely dedicated to grassroots organizing across the state. We have a lateral structure of networks that interact with each other and the campaign. The structure mainly consists of interconnected networks of women who will mobilize aggressive Get-Out-The-Vote efforts, canvassing, phone banking, poll working, holding events, and recruiting other women to join the group. Although this effort is well underway, we will go public with this in August.
An added layer to this group that we are focusing on is mobilizing Students for Coleman, another grassroots group dedicated to my campaign. What started as a few dedicated interns is turning into a network of students committed to my campaign. Students will use their college campuses, social media networks, phone calls, canvasing and much more to get the word out about my campaign. In tandem, these two groups will empower communities across the state. It is the collective efforts of these groups as an integral part to my campaign that will help elect me as North Carolina's next Lieutenant Governor.