A familiar face declares candidacy for NC Senate District 9

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Submitted: Sun, 01/12/2014 - 1:28am
Updated: Mon, 01/13/2014 - 3:39pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The day after Sen. Thom Goolsby (R-9th District) announced he will not seek a third term in the North Carolina Senate, a familiar face declared her candidacy for the office.

Elizabeth Redenbaugh, former New Hanover County school board member, announced her candidacy for the 9th District Senate seat Saturday at the Community Arts Center in Wilmington.

Redenbaugh says public education is the reason she is running.

“The systematic dismantling of public education by our General Assembly has sent teacher moral plummeting to an all time low,” Redenbaugh said. “We are now beginning to lose our best and brightest teachers. This will have a negative impact on the instruction our children receive and, as a result, the future economic stability of our state.”

In 2011, Redenbaugh received the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award for speaking out against socioeconomic and racial segregation in New Hanover County’s schools. Redenbaugh says her previous experience on the New Hanover County school board and within the community qualifies her to fill the position, a position Goolsby says belongs to Republicans.

“This is a Republican seat,” Goolsby said. “I know the liberals like to say it’s somehow a toss-up, but it’s never been a toss-up for me. I won by 16 or 17 points against (James) Leutze, and I beat my last opponent by twice the Republican handicap that we already had on it, so it was 8 or 9 points then. We’ve always won this seat strongly and will continue to do so.”

Redenbaugh disagrees.

“This seat is very vulnerable and it is open to Democrats,” Redenbaugh said. “The people of North Carolina, and the people specifically of New Hanover County, want someone that is more towards the center. Someone that can bridge the gap.”

Redenbaugh was elected to the New Hanover County School Board as a Republican in 2008, but switched parties in 2011 after opposing fellow Republicans during board discussion on school redistricting. Redenbaugh served as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 2012, but lost her reelection bid for school board that November.


  • ChefnSurf says:

    Unless you’ve been living under a rock for most of your life, you should have noticed by now that women now have exactly the same rights as men to run for office or have a job.

    Also, in case you haven’t noticed, women now also have the right to vote or even to drive those new-fangled horseless carriages everyone’s gallivanting about in.

    Take care of your own kids and mind your own business when it comes to someone else’s.

  • GuestFred says:

    I’m sure you’d feel the same if it was a man running for office? Maybe only single, unmarried, childless people should only run for office. That way they could concentrate 100% on their constituents.

  • moderate says:

    we are ready for a sane, solid leader now that we have been ignored for several years and the bully pulpit has been held by someone who clearly did not have our interest. Elizabeth is a moderate who has demonstrated that she is first accountable to her conscience, is sober, clear headed, does her research, does not abuse her power, but uses her gifts and her privileges to help all people and from her family to her community is a servant leader who can take us to the next level in Raleigh. She will fight for Southeastern North Carolina and our prosperity will follow because she will show how to work across the aisle and not succumb to the dangers of ego while. Anyone positing her as a leftwinger is going to have to pay a consultant a lot of money to make that case..and I am sure there are a few out there..but the truth is the truth and she is the candidate who is READY NOW..not in the future.and is the choice for moving us forward.

  • Guest123123 says:

    Doesnt she have school age children herself. Take care of your kids and stop worrying about getting elected to office.

  • Erlkoenig says:

    Dummocrats, please select her in the primary. She has all the qualities of a good Dummocrat.

  • SurfCityTom says:

    she’s a couple of months late with the announcement.

    In October, through the other television media just up the dial at 6, Julia Boseman announced her intention to run against Ghoolsby while he was still an elected official and had not announced his intention to stand down.

    Interesting; she must be familiar with the Lazarus Theory.

    That would send a chill up Woody’s spine.

    Who knows, with McIntyre’s announcement to step down perhaps she will cover her bets and announce her candidacy for the 7th District Congressional seat.

    Nothing in the statutes say she could not run 2 campaigns.

  • guest000000 says:

    I didn’t hear you calling for Mr. Foolsby to step down to take care of his kids. In fact Mr. Foolsby’s votes against public education didn’t harm HIS kids, but sure put a hurting on everyone else’s.

  • trashman says:

    This nut really thinks she has a chance? What is she going to do, change parties in the middle of her term. We are all screwed if she gets elected.


  • Bennie Lee Spencer says:

    Talk is cheap.

    Is she like 99% of all the other school board members all over this state and don’t really know what goes on in a typical classroom.

    Does she really understand how the flood of money going to charter schools and such is undermining the public schools in regards to money and most of all that fact that the “good students” who’s parents see the discipline gone from the schools and they want their kids out of such a zoo.
    I know I tough in middle school for most of three years as a lateral entry teacher, in three school systems and could not put up with the disrespect from the students as well as the ADMINISTRATION.

  • tb says:

    Run like the wind from this woman!

  • Ken Merritt says:

    She has no chance, bless her heart!!!

  • taxpayer says:

    “This seat is very vulnerable and it is open to Democrats,” Redenbaugh said. “The people of North Carolina, and the people specifically of New Hanover County, want someone that is more towards the center. Someone that can bridge the gap.”

    but your aren’t the one we want to “bridge the gap”…assuming a gap exists.

  • Carol Kramer says:

    I can’t keep quiet on this one. Elizabeth Redenbaugh’s Profile in Courage Award is a joke.
    Some background. New Hanover County Schools built two schools in Castle Hayne, too far north in the county to ease the overcrowding in the Ogden area schools. When the elementary and middle schools were preparing to open, students were going to have to be relocated to fill the new schools, as the population in Castle Hayne would not be enough to fill them. An epic battle over redistricting was about to be fought. The folks in Porters Neck, Marsh Oaks, Bayshore Estates and Middle Sound Loop did NOT want their kids bused 20 miles to Castle Hayne. All of the redistricting maps did exactly this. If we (Ogden) didn’t move north, the more southern districts couldn’t move north into the Ogden area schools either…and it was evident that many of these parents also didn’t want their children bused away from their neighborhoods. Before we knew what hit us, Elizabeth was calling us racists. What???? How was not wanting to go to Castle Hayne racist? It was a totally unfounded, totally political charge that is still shocking all these years later. So here’s the recap:
    1) Call New Hanover County parents racists
    2) Win A Profile in Courage for calling New Hanover County parents racists
    3) Run for State Senate on the basis of public education and because she can bridge some imaginary gap

    Elizabeth lost her school board seat for a reason. She does not bridge gaps, she creates them. How many times am I going to have to hear about her award over the next year?

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