LAURINBURG —A candidate for U.S. Senate will be in Laurinburg on Thursday to speak to Scotland County Democrats.
Former state Rep. Deborah Ross, who has launched a bid for U.S. Senate against incumbent Republican Sen. Richard Burr, will speak to the Scotland County Democratic Women. The meeting begins at noon at the American Legion on Atkinson Street. The public is welcome.
Dannie Montgomery, a candidate for N.C. Senate District 25, is also expected to speak. The veteran Anson County schoolteacher and Democratic Party leader is challenging Republican state Sen. Tom McInnis for his General Assembly seat. A computer application skills teacher at Anson Middle School north of Wadesboro, Montgomery said state school funding, health care and economic development rank among her chief concerns.
Ross for Senate
Ross, a Raleigh Democrat, recently left her job as general counsel at regional transit agency GoTriangle to focus on a campaign. She served in the state House from 2003 to 2013 and previously led the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina.
“When I look at what’s going on Washington, D.C., I think people deserve better representation,” Ross said at the start of her campaign. “The situation in Washington is a mess, and I decided I couldn’t sit back.”
Ross said campaign will focus on “economic security” issues, such as raising the minimum wage, making college more affordable, ensuring equal pay for women and stabilizing Medicare and Social Security.
In the March 15 Democratic primary, Ross will face Chris Rey, the mayor of Spring Lake; Kevin Griffin, president and CEO of AVANT Group; and Ernest T. Reeves, a veteran and business owner.
Burr has three challengers running against him in the Republican primary — Greg Brannon, an obstetrician from Cary; Larry Holmquist, a campaign manager for a congressional campaign in the 6th District; and Paul Wright is a retired Superior Court judge.
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