Campaign Team #2 Is Fired Up
Team 2 had a lovely hot dog roast at charming Hathaway Park. T-shirts and work ahead for the campaign! Ready to rock in West Winston!!! Other area teams are getting fired up, too!
Blue Grass at Muddy Creek Cafe
Thanks to all our friends in Bethania and from elsewhere who joined us for some blue grass music at the Muddy Creek Cafe. Our latest fundraising event was a great success as we sampled some tasty food and listened to the Howell Osborne Band. These local musicians provided all the heat we needed on this delightful summer's eve. Shana Whitehead, you were a wonderful hostess. Bethania is a small town, and Mary knows what small towns are all about. Right now, our N.C. legislature keeps trying to bully local governments by proposing and sometimes passing restrictions on how local leaders can serve their constituents. Apparently, they are prepared to rail against big government - unless the big government is them. North Carolina, We Must Do Better.
Raleigh Is Hot Topic
It has been a hot week in Forsyth County, but the temperatures backed off a bit for our June 19th fundraising event graciously hosted by Ann Guill. Dissatisfaction with the disruptive forces at work in the N.C. General Assembly remained hot, however. Last night, education was the focus of several questions from attendees, including the current debate over the Common Core curriculum. Yes, parents and teachers have valid concerns about implementation, but should we just throw away our investment without even a substitute plan in place? As a long-time educator, Mary will offer an experienced and rational voice in Raleigh on this topic.
Much thanks to our sponsors for this event: Frank Benedetti, Susan Campbell, Frank and Susan Dickerson, Bill and Corty Freeman, Bill Gifford and Jodi Turner, Jose and Flora Isasi, Harold Kennedy, Helen Monroe, Gary Trowbridge and Susan Wall.
Lambeths Host Meet-and-Greet
On June 12th, we had a lovely visit with some movers and shakers from across Forsyth County, thanks to the kind hosting of Tom and Donna Lambeth. Thanks to Cara Smith, Tog Newman, Cama and Robert Merritt, Clare and Hudnell Christopher, Peter Allan, Ruth and Horace Deudney, DeeDee Fenwick, Susan and George Little, Shirley Fly, Pam Westrick, Linda Simms and numerous others who came with excellent questions and much enthusiasm for this race and the topics discussed. The encouragement was palpable. A shout out to Donna and Tom for making it happen!
Phone Banking for Mary
Thanks to all those supporters down at Forsyth Count Democratic Headquarters phone banking on behalf of our campaign. On a Thursday night on a beautiful day in April, this is dedication. With all this help from these wonderful folks, we will get the job done. We are on our way to Raleigh!
Afghan Voters Set the Standard
As we watched the people of Afghanistan face great dangers to have their voices heard, I can only say how ashamed it makes me feel that too many of us, here in North Carolina, fail to follow their lead and exercise our right to vote! Our voting record reflects unbelievable apathy on our part. No matter the obstacles the NCGA puts in front of us, we MUST overcome those barriers and get to the polls. Read more on my Blog.
Teacher Bonus Plan Is Bad Idea
The North Carolina General Assembly has passed a bill that requires teachers who want job security to trade their tenure for small bonuses. It appears it isn’t enough to end tenure for all teachers in 2018, this law forces our school systems to encourage 25% of their teachers sign on to this plan immediately, for a $500 bonus, paid out over a year. Asking our teachers to compete with one another over the opportunity to get four-year contracts is a bad idea, North Carolina. Read more on my Blog.
Education Is the Key
Our February 28th fundraiser focused on education. Central issues of my campaign are Education, Environment, Economy and Energy, and education is the key. Only with a well-educated citizenry can we solve our issues relating to the other three. With seven school board candidates and numerous educators in attendance, Mary discussed how the N.C. General Assembly has failed to recognize the importance of public education and, in fact, has set itself on a course that hurts our children and grandchildren. It is taking financing away from public education to provide private school vouchers, has allowed teacher pay to slip to 48th in the nation and has encouraged 17,000 teachers to leave for neighboring states that better recognize the value of teachers and public education. Mary's remarks are posted on her Blog. Also check out our Photo Album.
It's About Our Water
Many friends who are concerned about our environment attended our February 5 fundraiser at the home of Susan and Warren Jones. Thanks to City Councilperson Molly Leight for introducing Mary to the crowd. We talked a lot about water - contamination of our streams and drinking water from spills at Duke Energy's coal ash ponds, like those at Belew's Lake, cutbacks in the N.C. Clean Water Management Trust Fund, possible relaxation of our water quality rules and appreciation for the Yadkin Riverkeeper efforts in monitoring the health of the river that forms the western border of District 74. Mary also made a plea for a shift from our coal-fired power plants to clean solar and offshore wind energy. It makes sense both for our health and our economy. North Carolina, We Must Do Better!
Here's a shout-out to Deborah Woolard and Bill Donahue! We got off to a great start to energizing Pfafftown at the house party they hosted on February 4th. We were wowed by the guests' interest in the 74th District race. Their comments and questions about educational opportunity, the environment and voting rights clearly showed that in these areas North Carolina, We Must Do Better! Below: Mary shares a moment with Matt Potter.
Crossing 52 Initiative
It was wonderful to gather with old friends from Crossing 52 Initiative. My dear friend Hema Sethi hosted a traditional Crossing 52 potluck dinner for our fundraising event on January 25th. Check out our photo album and Blog page.
Crossing 52 worked hard to bridge racial divisions in our community. At our gathering, we reminded ourselves that there still is much work to do. Our legislature and governor have repealed the Racial Justice Act, enacted the most suppressive voting procedures bill in the country, refused to expand Medicaid, has made a mess of the agency that assists families at risk of hunger, and has short-changed our students and teachers in our public schools. North Carolina, We Must Do Better!
Outpouring of Support Continues
Thanks for another great outpouring of support at our December 11 fundraising event at Senor Bravo. Carol Teal, Executive Director o Lillian's List, introduced Mary, who spoke to the crowd about recent actions, and inactions, of the N.C. General Assembly that affect women in areas of voting rights, infant mortality, health and pay equity. Thank you also to event sponsors Katherine McGinnis, Jane Daugherty and Betsy Gregg, and to our host Sal Bravo.
Wow! What a Great Turnout at Our Kickoff Fundraising Event!
The turnout and enthusiasm far exceeded what we thought were ambitious goals for our initial fundraising event Monday night. Thanks to you, we really have the ball rolling to create change in Raleigh. Don't hesitate to tell your friends in the 74th District about our campaign. If you could not stop by this time, stay tuned for details about our next event. And, of course, we have a standing call for volunteers if you would like to help. Meanwhite, check our Photo Gallery and breathe in some of the excitement.
We'd like to thank Justin at Johanne's for allowing us into his space as well as our event sponsors: Barry Boneno, Elizabeth and Hayes Henderson, Helen and Tim Monroe, Emily and Ed Wilson.