New 2014 General Election Candidates
All of our endorsed candidates are committed to protecting access to health care for women, men and young people and believe that personal decisions regarding pregnancy are best left up to a woman and her doctor, not politicians. We are pleased to announce our newly endorsed candidates for the 2014 General Election.
We are also proud to stand with our champions in the NC Senate and House who never fail to stand up for women’s health. Please find our endorsed incumbents running for re-election here.
Stan White (Senate District 1, Beaufort, Camden, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hyde, Pasquotank, and Perquimans Counties)
Stan White was appointed to this Senate seat in 2011 and was a staunch defender of Planned Parenthood and women’s rights in the legislative attacks throughout the 2011 legislative long session. He was narrowly defeated by just 21 votes in 2012, so Stan White has the legislative record to back-up his pro-women’s health views. He is a former Dare County Commissioner and owns Stan White Realty and Construction.
Carroll “Carr” Ipock (Senate District 2, Craven, Carteret and Pamlico Counties)
Carr Ipock has served on the Craven County School Board for 22 years, 20 of them as chairman. Carr’s commitment to public education is what led him to run for the NC Senate. He is a committed supporter of Planned Parenthood and an avid supporter of women’s rights. Carr is a retired chemist.
Ernie Ward (Senate District 8, Brunswick, Pender, Bladen, and New Hanover Counties)
Ernie Ward is a veterinarian who has lived in southeastern North Carolina since 1992. He was inspired to run against fellow veterinarian, Bill Rabon, after becoming outraged by Rabon’s strong opposition to the “puppy mill bill” that failed to gain traction in the NC Senate. Along with being a committed supporter of animal welfare, Ernie is a fiscal conservative who is strongly committed to public education and women’s health issues.
Elizabeth Redenbaugh (Senate District 9, New Hanover County)
Elizabeth Redenbaugh holds a law degree from UNC Chapel Hill and is involved with a number of public service organizations and her local PTA. She is an attorney in private practice and served on the New Hanover Board of Education for four years. She is an advocate for public schools and the right of every child to receive a quality education.
Donald Rains (Senate District 10, Johnston, Sampson and Duplin Counties)
Don Rains has been the mayor of Princeton in Johnston County since 2001. He also has served as the former Chairman of the Princeton Appearance Committee, a former member of the Princeton Planning Board, the former chairman of the Johnston County Democratic Party and the former treasurer of the Second Congressional District Democratic Committee. He is currently a member of the Johnston County Blue Ribbon Growth Task Force. Don is a Commercial Insurance Broker and a real estate broker for North Carolina.
Jane Smith (Senate District 13, Robeson and Columbus Counties)
Jane Smith is a former educator and has recently retired from a 30 year career in real estate. Jane has served as chair of the North Carolina Partnership for Economic Development (NCPED) and North Carolina Economic Development Group (NCEDG) and has been on the board of her local Chamber of Commerce. She is committed to public education and job creation as well as to protecting women’s health care. Jane has been involved with her local Democratic party and political campaigns for years but this is her first time running for public office.
Sarah Crawford (Senate District 18, Wake and Franklin Counties)
Sarah Crawford is employed as the Director of Development and Public Relations at the Tammy Lynn Center for Development Disabilities. She got her start in politics working in Congressman David Price’s office. She is currently involved in several civic and business organizations including Leadership Raleigh and Band Together. Sarah is a committed champion of many key issues including education and women’s health.
Billy Richardson (Senate District 19, Cumberland County)
Billy Richardson served in the NC House from 1992-1996. He is an attorney and currently owns and operates a small private practice in Fayetteville. He is a former Assistant District Attorney. Billy is involved with the community through many civic and business organizations and through his church.
Joyce Waddell (Senate District 40, Mecklenburg County)
Joyce Waddell was elected to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Board in 2009. She has also served on the Charlotte City Council. Joyce won a five-way primary election in May, avoiding a run-off by winning 42% of the vote. She is unopposed in the General Election and looks forward to championing education and women’s health in the NC Senate.
Terry Van Duyn (Senate District 49, Buncombe County)
Senator Van Duyn was appointed to serve the 49th district during the 2014 legislative short session following the passing of Senator Martin Nessbitt. Senator Van Duyn has a background as a community advocate serving on the board of the Community Foundations of WNC Distribution Committee, chaired the board for Pisgah Legal Services, and volunteered as a healthcare navigator under the Affordable Care Act. She is an avid champion of women’s health, access to health care and education.
Ray Jeffers (House District 2, Person and Granville Counties)
Ray Jeffers has served as a Person County Commissioner since 2008 when he was the youngest county commissioner to ever be elected to office in North Carolina. Since then he has held leadership roles as President of the NC Association of County Commissioners and chairman of the National Association of County Commissioners’ Rural Action Caucus. This seat was formerly held by pro-women’s health legislator Winkie Wilkins who is retiring. Wilkins has endorsed Ray Jeffers’ candidacy.
Bobi Gregory (House District 8, Wilson and Pitt Counties)
Barbara “Bobi” Gregory is a retired art teacher who has lived in Wilson, NC for 24 years. Bobi is heavily invested in education and her district. She served as the Wilson County President of NCAE and is trained as a Guardian ad Litem. Her husband is a Presbyterian minister and she has three children and six grandchildren.
Uriah Ward (House District 9, Pitt County)
Uriah Ward is a native of Greenville and an ECU student who is majoring in Political Science. He has been very active in the local Democratic Party and the College Democrats. In 2012 he was selected as an official delegate to the DNC for the 3rd Congressional District. He is very active in his community and is making education and access to health care key issues in his campaign.
Betsy Jordan (House District 20, New Hanover County)
Betsy Jordan has a professional background in marketing and real estate. She currently owns and operates her own professional consulting and coaching firm for entrepreneurs. She has a Ph.D. in experiential training. Jordan’s father, Bob Jordan, is former Lt. Governor (1985-89) and NC Senate member. Betsy is very engaged in key issues affecting her district including film incentives and public education.
Shelly Willingham (House District 23, Edgecombe and Martin Counties)
Shelly Willingham was a member of the Edgecombe County Board of Elections until recently when he decided to run for office. He is a former member of the Rocky Mount School Board and served in the NC House from 2002-2003. He is now retired but previously had a career in real estate.
Lisa Baker (House District 36, Wake County)
Lisa Baker is an Executive Manager of Tupperware Home Parties, a company she has worked with for more than 20 years. She is active in the community with her children’s schools and her church. She is a long-time supporter of Planned Parenthood and women’s health issues.
Gale Adcock (House District 41, Wake County)
Gale Adcock is a nurse practitioner with 25 years of experience. As a heath care provider, she understands the importance of women’s access to health care without government interference. She is employed as the Chief Health Officer at SAS and serves as adjunct faculty at Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill and ECU. She is former President of the NC Nurses Association. Gale has been very involved in local politics as a member of the Cary Town Council since 2007. She also serves as the Mayor Pro Tem of Cary.
Kim Hanchette (House District 49, Wake County)
Kim Hanchette is the founder and CEO of Diabetes Management Solutions which provides resources for diabetes self-management to more than 10,000 North Carolinians living with diabetes. As a health educator, she is committed to ensuring that women, men and young people have the information and care they need to lead healthy lives. Kim is a former PTA President as well as past President of the American Association of Diabetes Educators and is a member of the North Carolina Diabetes Prevention Task Force.
Graig Meyer (House District 50, Orange and Durham Counties)
Graig Meyer was appointed to this seat in 2013. This is his first time running for election. Graig is a Chapel Hill-Carrboro school administrator and coordinator of the Blue Ribbon Mentorship program which works to improve achievement among students of color. His background is in education and social work.
Robert Reives (House District 54, Chatham and Lee Counties)
Robert Reives was appointed to this seat to serve his district last January. His top issues of concern include education, the environment, protecting voting rights, and expanding women’s access to health care. He is an attorney in Sanford, NC.
Ian Baltutis (House District 63, Alamance County)
Ian Baltutis is a graduate of Elon University. He graduated in 2008 with a degree in Business Administration and minors in Communications and Journalism. He and his business partner launched their own business, Vibration Solution, LLC, as their senior project at Elon which they still own and operate today. He will open a new business venture, Burlington Beer Works Cooperative, this year. As a small business owner, Ian wants to see policies in Raleigh that support families and local small business people.
Margie Storch (House District 88, Mecklenburg County)
Margie Storch is a self-employed graphic designer with a long history of involvement with the women’s movement in western NC. She worked as a field organizer on the Equal Rights Amendment and was President of the Charlotte chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW). She plans to make protecting women’s health care access a priority once elected to the General Assembly.
Sue Counts (House District 93, Watauga and Ashe Counties)
Sue Counts served as the Watauga County Extension Director before her retirement in 2008. She was employed by the Extension starting in 1993 and prior to that worked in public health outreach with the Southern Appalachian Leadership Initiative on Cancer. She is a native of Virginia but has lived in Boone for 33 years. She was motivated to run by the erosion of education and economic opportunity for her community.
Natasha Marcus (House District 98, Mecklenburg County)
Natasha Marcus is a graduate of Duke Law and practiced in Greensboro before clerking for U.S. District Court judge, Frank Bullock. Her family relocated to Davidson in 2007. She has two daughters and is active in their schools and is engaged in other community volunteer work. Her top priority is education and bringing a more inclusive style of leadership to the General Assembly.
Norm Bossert (House District 113, Transylvania, Henderson, and Polk Counties)
Norm Bossert is a lifelong educator and coach. He is currently the Black Mountain Elementary School principal. He is active in his local Jewish community and a frequent contributor to his local newspapers. He was motivated to run by the attacks on education and the belief that fairness and compassion need to be restored to the General Assembly.
Brian Turner (House District 116, Buncombe County)
Brian Turner is former Assistant Vice-Chancellor at UNC-Asheville. He is also worked in manufacturing and operations for a family business, Mills Manufacturing. He is involved with a number of civic and community groups as a board member and volunteer including the local United Way and Mountain Area Child and Family Center.
Dean Hicks (House District 118, Haywood, Madison, and Yancey Counties)
Dean Hicks is a retired teacher and coach and a life-long resident of Yancey County. He served as a Yancey County Commissioner for six years. He has made public education the cornerstone of his campaign. He has retired from teaching but is eager to go to Raleigh to make public education and protecting women’s access to health care priorities.
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