Information about Wake County and Statewide Races
A North Carolina native, Linda Coleman was born and raised in Greenville, NC. Growing up on a tobacco farm with nine brothers and sisters she knows the value of a quality education. A product of our North Carolina public school system, she attended North Carolina A&T University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts and later earned a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.
Linda began her career as a classroom teacher, later becoming a Human Resources manager in various state agencies. She has served our communities from the local to the state level from a Wake County Commissioner, elected three terms to the North Carolina House and as the Director of the Office of State Personnel.
Linda is the proud mother of two and grandmother of two and is running to give North Carolina’s middle class a fighting chance.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Dr. June St. Clair Atkinson has been the Superintendent of Public Instruction since 2004. She is the first women to ever hold this position in North Carolina.
During her career, Dr. Atkinson has served as a chief consultant and director in the areas of business education, career and technical education, and instructional services within the NCDPI. A former business education teacher, Dr. Atkinson has been involved in instruction and curriculum development throughout her career.
She has received numerous awards over the years including recent accolades such as the Champion of Children Award from the North Carolina Association of School Administrators, the State Policy Maker of the Year Award from the National Association for State Educational Technology Directors, and the North Carolina Association of Educators Inclusive Leadership Award. In addition, Dr. Atkinson has held many professional offices and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Council of Chief State School Officers.
Dr. Atkinson received a bachelor’s degree in Business Education from Radford University, a master’s degree in Vocational and Technical Education from Virginia Tech, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy from North Carolina State University.
Secretary of State
In 1996, Elaine Marshall became the first woman elected to a statewide executive branch office in North Carolina. She immediately established herself as a competent administrator with eye toward reform. She received national recognitions for modernizing the Secretary of State’s office by introducing up to date technology and reducing red tape.
The Secretary of State’s office today is a key law enforcement agency protecting consumers, investors, and charitable givers against fraud and scams. Elaine’s commitment to protecting investors has led to long prison terms for criminals and has refunded over $1 billion from major Wall Street firms for misrepresentation to North Carolina investors. She also has received international recognition for her efforts protecting trademark holders, eliminating harmful and dangerous counterfeit goods and prosecuting counterfeiters.
In 2015, she served as President of the National Secretaries of State and received the Lillian’s List Courage Award. A longtime member of 4-H, in 2014 she was one of fourteen from across the country who was inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame.
Elaine formerly served in the North Carolina Senate, where she was named Rookie of the Year and listed among Legislators to Watch by the News & Observer. In the Senate, she provided a powerful voice for improving healthcare in North Carolina. Elaine successfully shepherded North Carolina’s Marital Rape Bill through the State Senate.
Elaine earned her law degree from Campbell University in 1981 and distinguished herself as a tough advocate for her clients in the courtroom. She began her law career defending victims of domestic violence when few lawyers would do so, co-founded a Rape Crisis Center in rural Harnett County, joined a grassroots lobbying effort to require insurance companies to cover mammograms and pap smears.
Beth Wood, a licensed CPA, was elected as the North Cariolina State Auditor in 2008 and is the first woman to be elected to that position in North Carolina. She brings decades of experience to her position, having served for ten years in the Auditor’s office prior to her election as well as working in private accounting and for the American Institute of Public Accountants (AICPA).
Beth’s extensive audit experience includes auditing municipalities, counties and large Not-for-Profits, reviewing local CPA audits and reviewing audits against allegations of substandard audit reporting. She also taught governmental accounting and auditing to CPAs across the country.
Beth was raised on a farm in eastern North Carolina and learned early how to manage a budget and the importance of being true to the values of honesty and integrity. With North Carolina’s $19 billion state budget, Beth is acutely aware for the necessity of running a tight ship to make sure waste is identified and government is at its peak efficiency.
Senate District 17
Susan Evans is a 35-year resident of Wake County, born to a working-class family in Alamance County. A first-generation college graduate, Susan earned a BS in Business Administration and Accounting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Susan began her career as a CPA in Ernst & Young’s Raleigh office, and later held accounting management positions with several locally owned businesses. She spent a significant portion of her career in the residential construction industry, including a decade as the co-owner of a small general contracting firm.
Susan has served five years on the Wake County Board of Education representing the southwestern portion of the county. Susan is the Finance Committee Chair, the Facilities Committee Vice-Chair, and is a member of the Governmental Relations and Audit Committees. Now she is running to bring this commitment to achieving results for our children to the State Senate.
Susan, her husband Chuck, and their two daughters have lived in Apex since 1992.
House District 33
Representative Rosa Gill, a former educator, administrator and member of the Wake County Board of Education, was appointed to the NC House of Representative in 2009 and is currently serving in her third term. She has worked tirelessly with organizations and individuals promoting legislation that improves the lives of the citizens of her district and the state.
As a former educator and member of the Wake County Board of Education (1999 – 2009), Rep. Gill knows the value of teachers and public education. She understands the vital role public education play in creating a well trained workforce that will help fuel a strong economy.
Rep. Gill is not only a member of the NC House Democratic Leadership Team serving as Minority Whip and chair of the House Education Workgroup but a member of the Board of Directors of the National Foundation of Women Legislators. She serves on the following seven committees; Appropriation, Education Appropriation Sub-committee (Vice-chair), Insurance (Vice-chair), Pension and Retirement, Children, Youth and Families, Elections and Alcohol Beverage Control.
House District 36
Jen Ferrell: From a very early age my parents showed me the value of public service. They taught me to speak up when someone is being hurt, lend a hand when someone needs help, leave things a little better than how I found them, work hard for every opportunity, and hold the ladder for the next person to find success. I learned much about serving people’s needs from my father, who spent 12 years working as a school board member, and my mother, who was a public school teacher in my Virginia hometown. Their lessons and their values helped shape the person I am today.
With children of my own I became more attuned to the needs of public schools, child safety, and healthcare access. Drawing from the lessons I learned from my parents, I began addressing the problems I saw and actively working to find solutions. A proud Democrat, I was reared in a Republican household. I value working with people who hold different points-of-view from my own and understand the importance of collaborating to find the best ideas. By the time my children were three years old, I had embraced my role as a voice for fair, straightforward, and common-sense answers to many problems faced by Western Wake County residents.
A passionate proponent of the importance of education, I have led efforts to restore financial support and respect for our public schools, community colleges, and universities. I believe our students, teachers, and state deserve the best. I am committed to safeguarding North Carolina’s natural environment, protecting workers, ensuring reproductive health rights, reducing gun violence, and supporting small businesses. No one will fight harder to make sure every voice is heard and every vote is counted in our state.
In addition to working with citizens’ groups throughout the Triangle, I have years of private-sector business experience in research analysis, sales, and business development. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree from Elon University in 2001, majoring in Political Science and Public Administration.
I live in Apex with my husband and two children.
House District 38
Representative Yvonne Lewis Holley gained a strong insight into the workings of state government by devoting her career to state and local government with the NC Department of Administration Division of Purchase and Contract as a Senior Procurement/Contract Specialist. While there, she worked with large and small businesses.
Yvonne was born and raised in Raleigh, NC. She graduated from William G. Enloe High School and Howard University. She has one daughter, Erica Holley. She is a member of First Baptist Church, Raleigh, NC.
Growing up she watched and learned from community leaders and her father, JD Lewis. Lewis was also Director of Minority Affairs for WRAL-TV. JD Lewis, an iconic broadcasting legend, host and editorialist on WRAL TV, contributed significantly to the positive dialogue between polarized sectors during an epic time in the nation’s history.
The dedicated work of her father, community leaders, business leaders, and institutions resulted in significant growth and development in our state.This influence has followed her throughout her commitment to community service which has included work in education, health, financial, youth development and political advocacy.
Coupled with more than three decades in government, her aggregate experience has placed Yvonne in a unique position of leadership to address our community’s collective concerns. This has impacted her belief in the power of people to speak the truth, fight for what is right and work to affect the issues that impact them — namely, jobs, education and a robust business environment. Yvonne believes that ‘healthy dialogue’ is a lost art in today’s political climate and she hopes to bring that back to the State House.
House District 41
Gale Adcock is recognized as a commonsense leader in the NC General Assembly. As mayor pro tem and a member of the Cary Town Council from 2007 to 2014, Gale has worked to ensure investment in much-needed infrastructure, maintained the town’s AAA bond rating and passed an annual budget that established Cary as having the lowest property tax rate in Wake County.
Gale understands the value of hard work and the opportunities that come from education. Her mother worked swing shift in a small Virginia town textile mill. Gale attended public schools, played flute in the high school band, worked for minimum wage at the local public library and volunteered as a Candy Striper at her hometown community hospital.
Gale worked her way through college, obtaining degrees in Nursing from ECU and UNC-Chapel Hill. She has been a Nurse Practitioner for over 25 years and is Chief Health Officer at SAS Institute. In this role she oversees a staff of 58 who provide primary care to 13,000 SAS employees and their family members.
A leader in her profession, Gale has served as the president of the North Carolina Nurses Association, Chair of the North Carolina Center for Nursing and is adjunct faculty at Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill, and ECU.
Gale’s civic involvements include serving on the Legislative Study Commission on Access to Health Insurance, the Blue Ribbon Task Force on the State Health Plan for Teachers and State Employee and the Board of the Triangle Chapter of the American Lung Association.
Gale and her husband Kevin live in Cary. They have two sons who attended Appalachian State. They are members of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church.
Gale has a solid track record of service in business, government, her profession, and her community.
House District 49
Cynthia Ball has 17 years of experience as a Certified Mediator and small business owner. From growing up in a small town in NC, she has seen the importance in her own life of hard work and access to a strong public education system. She holds a BA in Psychology and an MBA, and pursued doctoral studies in Human Resources and Organizational Development. Cynthia lives in Raleigh and is married to Dr. David Aspnes, Distinguished University Professor of Physics at NC State. She is proud to be the stepmother of Dave’s children and grandchildren.
Cynthia is pursuing public office for the first time because she knows how our current political leadership is taking NC in the wrong direction. In the Legislature, she will use her mediation skills to bring people together across partisan divides. Cynthia understands that our economy depends on a strong middle class and on businesses that provide well-paying jobs. Cynthia is running to represent Wake County in the NC House of Representatives.
Education or Humor, depending on your point of view
This ProPublica article describes the impact of Early Voting and the video on gerrymandering.
Gerrymandering explained to Zach Galifiankis:
One analytical look at how one professor predicts who our next President will be: http://wpo.st/Ss_-2
This segment gives two very different perspectives on Trump’s childcare policy proposal
The Young Turks discuss how Cosmo (!! yes I know) is asking the hard questions where mainstream media is throwing soft balls…Ivanka walks out. ~10mins
Fox – Ivanka explains it all ~7mins
This video takes us back to the Democratic Convention and a robust discussion about the power of women in this upcoming election. Post DNC – Scottie handles feminists ~6mins