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News State / Region N.C. Council of State women to attend WNC rallies

The 11th Congressional District Democratic Party has announced that all four women on the Council of State and the Party’s candidate for Lt. Governor will be coming to Western North Carolina on Saturday, Aug. 11 for two major rallies.

The McDowell County Courthouse in Marion will be the first stop on these candidates’ swing through the mountains with festivities beginning at 10:30 a.m. In the afternoon they will travel to Sylva where rally activities start at 3:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the historic Jackson County Courthouse.

Each candidate – Elaine Marshall, Secretary of State; Beth Wood, State Auditor; Janet Cowell, State Treasurer; June Atkinson, State Superintendent; and, Lt. Governor candidate, Linda Coleman have all expressed enthusiasm about coming westward and sharing their vision for North Carolina’s future.

After first serving in the state senate, in 1996 Secretary of State Elaine Marshall became the first woman ever elected to a statewide executive branch office. As part of her duties, Marshall oversees state securities and investments and is committed to holding powerful interests accountable when they’ve misled investors.

Because of her extensive auditing experience, Beth Wood was elected North Carolina’s State Auditor in 2008. Her background included auditing municipalities, counties, and large not-for-profits. As State Auditor, Wood is responsible of assuring that all state agencies use taxpayers’ funds wisely.

North Carolina’s first female State Treasurer, Janet Cowell, oversees more than $70 billion in pension fund investments for the state’s 850,000 public employees. Her commitment to solid economic policies has kept North Carolina in secure financial standing.

State Superintendent June Atkinson oversees more than 2,500 public schools with enrollments of more than 1.5 million students. Under her tenure, N.C.’s high school graduation rate has increased every single year. Atkinson energetically promotes adequate funding for state’s schools; increased verbal, math and science skills; and an expanded access to technology.

Linda Coleman, candidate for Lt. Governor, has served three years in the North Carolina House and was selected by Gov. Perdue to be Director of N.C.’s State Employees Association. Coleman has been a strong supporter of early childhood education programs and tax credits to help small businesses provide health insurance for their employees.

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