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.

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13 Comments on "A familiar face declares candidacy for NC Senate District 9"

2015 years 8 months ago

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.

2015 years 8 months ago

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.

2015 years 8 months ago

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.

2015 years 8 months ago

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

2015 years 8 months ago

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