The Democratic Women of Jackson County held their regular monthly meeting on Thursday, October 15, 2015. A special visitor to the meeting was Linda Coleman who is running for Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina. Also running in the North Carolina Democratic Primary are Holly Jones, Buncombe County Commissioner and Robert Wilson, former North Carolina Assistant Secretary of State. (Note: The JCDP does not endorse any candidate until after the state Primary Election, which will take place March 15, 2016).

Linda spoke to the women during the lunch meeting and explained why she is running again for this office. She discussed North Carolina education and the severe funding cuts that have critically damaged our schools and made it very difficult to attract and retain good teachers. She is also very concerned about the environment and the protective regulations that have been eliminated by the current Republican Governor and Legislature. In order to ensure that private companies can go into any county or city to frack or mine for oil, they recently passed legislation which prohibits any local government from saying no.

Ms. Coleman also discussed the lack of focus on Behavioral Health Care and resources for people with mental illness. Although much is blamed on mental illness, very little is put into finding solutions or offering adequate care. Linda stayed through the meeting and then sat down with some of the women for a relaxed question and answer session.

Linda Coleman was born and raised in Greenville, NC and has been involved with public service most of her adult life. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from N.C. A&T State University and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.

She has been an effective voice for North Carolina serving as Chair of the Wake County Board of Commissioners, a three time member of the North Carolina House of Representatives and as the Director of the Office of State Personnel from 2009 to 2012.

In 2012, Linda was a candidate for Lt. Governor and ran one of the most competitive statewide races that year, capturing over 2.1 million votes statewide. She lost that election by only 6,500 votes out of millions votes state wide.

“I’m running for Lieutenant Governor because I want to give North Carolina’s middle class families a fighting chance again. The Republican majority running things in Raleigh continues to unravel so much of what built our great state. It’s time for a different approach. I know, working together, we can achieve this and more.” Linda Coleman for Lieutenant Governor Website.

Submitted by Lorna Barnett