The Transylvania Times -

The Democratic Bus Makes Stop At Silvermont – Brevard NC


September 26, 2016

More than 200 people showed up at Silvermont recently to enjoy a picnic and meet with Democratic candidates running for statewide office. The candidates were on a statewide bus tour. (Courtesy photo)

More than 200 local residents welcomed Demo-cratic candidates to Transylvania County recently at a picnic at Silvermont. The September picnic was the third of four stops on a bus swing through Western North Carolina by candidates running for Council of State offices and judicial seats.

Incumbent Secretary of State Eileen Marshall introduced incumbent Democratic candidates State Auditor Beth Wood, and Commissioner of Insurance Wayne Goodwin. Each spoke briefly, highlighting their accomplishments in office. Superintendent of Instruction June Atkinson pledged to rebuild public education at all levels in North Carolina.

Linda Coleman is again running for the lieutenant governor office. Elected three times to the North Carolina House of Representatives and later appointed as the director of the Office of State Personnel, Coleman pledged "to give North Carolina's middle class families a fighting chance... and build a vibrant economy with a strong middle class as its backbone."

Several of the candidates who arrived at Silvermont on the "swing bus" are seeking a Council of State Office for the first time. Walter Smith, candidate for Commissioner of Agriculture, has worked closely with USDA, the Soil and Water Conservation District and the North Carolina Forest Service in order to provide seamless service to farmers and landowners, cutting "red tape" in the process. Dan Blue III, candidate for Treasurer of the State of North Carolina, is an attorney with experience in investment banking and debt financing for the State of North Carolina and U.S. Dept. of Education. Josh Stein, candidate for Attorney General, served as Senior Deputy Attorney General for Consumer Protection and as a NC State Senator from 2009-2016. Former Raleigh mayor Charles Meeker is running for Secretary of Labor.

Of the five seats open at the Court of Appeals level, three candidates visited with the picnic crowd. Incumbent Judge Linda Stephens stressed the importance of a fair and balanced perspective at each judicial level. District Court judge Margaret Eagles is a Court of Appeals candidate for the Geer seat which was vacated just last May. Rickye McKoy-Mitchell visited Transylvania County last fall, and her supporters at the picnic praised her 14 years of civil and criminal trial experience at the state and federal court levels.

The Sivermont picnic was organized by the Transylvania Democratic Women's Club. The club is also organizing a "speed-dating" event at the Rogow Room in the library on Sept. 27 where residents will have an opportunity to chat informally with local candidates. Ron Kivinemi and Alice Wellborn (Transylvania Board of Education), Maureen Copelof (NC House 113), Norm Bossert (NC Senate 48) and Rick Bryson (US District 11) will be on hand for interactive conversations with residents.

For more information about upcoming TCDP events, call 877-5225 or visit Democrat headquarters at 175 King St.


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