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Senator Van Duyn Files For Lt. Governor PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 05 December 2019 10:50

NC: State Senator Terry Van Duyn filed paperwork with the North Carolina Board of Elections to become North Carolina’s 35th Lieutenant Governor.

“I am running to bridge the gaps that so many North Carolinians face.” said Senator Van Duyn. She continued, “As Lieutenant Governor, I will work with Governor Cooper to make education our state’s top priority, I will cast the tie-breaking vote to expand Medicaid to over 500,000 North Carolinians who can’t afford to go to the doctor, and I will continue our fight to protect women’s access to healthcare from Murphy to Manteo.”

As the former Democratic Whip, Senator Van Duyn is the only candidate to have filed for the office that has served in the State Senate, the body in which the Lieutenant Governor serves as President, and to have leadership experience in the Democratic Caucus.

Senator Van Duyn enters the race having raised more money than any other candidate for Lieutenant Governor and having more Cash on Hand than all announced Democratic Primary Candidates combined, as of the latest finance disclosures.

During the 2018 election cycles, Senator Van Duyn partnered with Governor Cooper to win the six seats needed to break the Republican supermajority and was the lead fundraiser for the Senate Democratic Caucus.

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 December 2019 10:51
 
Chapel Hill-Carrboro Board Of Education Member Files For State Superintendent PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 05 December 2019 10:47

Chapel Hill-Carrboro Board of Education member and longtime education activist James Barrett filed for election today as North Carolina superintendent of public instruction.

“I’m excited to formally file for election for an office that is incredibly important to North Carolina’s present and future,” Barrett said. “The current officeholder has done real damage to students and teachers, and I bring a unique combination of skills and experience to this race that will be needed to restore respect to teachers and support for and from the Department of Public Instruction. As an elected official, I have the experience, policy knowledge, and advocacy skills to lead systemic change for the benefit of all students.  And from my day job in business transformation as the leader of large teams and budgets, I am uniquely qualified in this race to lead the large Department of Public Instruction.”

Barrett is the son of a career teacher—who was by his side, along with his wife, at the filing—and product of North Carolina K–12 public schools. He has served for eight years on the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education, including two years as chair of the board.

“As my mother’s child and then on the school board, I’ve spent my life listening to teachers—and that won’t change!” Barrett said. “Unlike the current officeholder, who needed on-the-job training to work with such a large organization, I will be ready to lead on Day 1 as state superintendent—to implement positive changes in our testing regime, policies that respect teachers, and an advocate for more resources to allow teachers to do their work.”

 Alongside his elected office and longtime volunteer experience as a youth group leader, basketball and baseball coach, and school tutor, Barrett has spent his career in corporate `information technology leadership, managing large teams and projects with significant budgets—crucial skills for a state superintendent overseeing more than $13 billion in public school spending in the state and 1,000 employees in the Department of Public Instruction.

 
Beth Wood Will Run For Fourth Term As State Auditor PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 28 November 2019 12:50
North Carolina State Auditor Beth Wood, a CPA with decades of experience in both public service and private practice, officially announces her candidacy for re-election for a fourth term. Her first three terms were spent fulfilling a two-part plan to improve both audit efficiency and audit quality and creating a culture of being aggressive but fair.  Additionally, she is acknowledged statewide for taking the politics out of the work of the State Auditor’s Office.
 
Ms. Wood stated,” I possess the critical experience with public auditing, knowledge of state government and the credentials as a CPA that have resulted in the identification of hundreds of millions of dollars of inefficient spending over the past 11 years under my leadership. The results of our audits have given rise to legislation aimed to prevent waste and inefficiency. I promise to continue to be undeterred in our efforts to be the ONLY Eyes and Ears that watch how taxpayer’s dollars are being spent.”
 
Wood continued, “Our goals are to produce audits with irrefutable findings and report back to you without prejudice or politics. We will also pioneer the use of innovative technology and robotics that provide more immediate data on critical areas within State Government as well as predictive analytics to more quickly identify waste and inefficiencies.”
 
Beth Wood is a long-time public servant with 22 years of auditing experience.  The first woman elected to that office, Beth has served as State Auditor since 2009. She previously had worked in the State Auditor’s Office for more than a decade and also served in the State Treasurer’s Office.  Prior to state government, Beth worked as a cost accountant with Rayovac Corporation, as an auditor with McGladrey & Pullen, CPA firm and was the CFO for a North Carolina-based furniture company.
 
“The citizens of North Carolina recognize my devotion to this office and the need for me to complete the work I started. I want to continue to serve as your Eyes and Ears.” expressed Ms. Wood. 
 
 
Forest Calls Cooper Veto "Reckless" PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 28 November 2019 10:05
Lt. Governor Dan Forest released the following statement:
 
"If a person tells a judge that they are not a citizen and therefore not able to serve as a juror, they should be removed from our voter rolls. Only citizens should be allowed to vote. Governor Cooper's veto is reckless at a time when so many are concerned about foreign interference with our elections."
 
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