Press Release: Foushee to Seek Senate District 23 Appointment

State House Representative Foushee to Seek Senate District 23 Appointment
Orange County native and lifelong resident releases extensive list of local supporters

CHAPEL HILL, NC – Today, State Representative Valerie Foushee announced her intention to seek the appointment to State Senate District 23, formerly held by Senator Ellie Kinnaird. Representative Foushee has served the county as a member of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro School Board and as an Orange County Commissioner, serving as chair of both boards during her tenure.

“I’m pursuing this seat because Orange County is my home and I want to be able to represent the entire county, as well as Chatham, in the legislature,” Foushee said. “I understand the tensions between the rural and urban areas and as a former representative of both, I am uniquely qualified to represent Senate District 23.”

Local elected officials from across Orange County and Chatham County have already announced their public support for the idea of State Senator Foushee. Among those voicing their support are State House Representative Deb McManus; the entire Chapel Hill-Carrboro School board, consisting of, James Barrett, Jamezetta Bedford, Mia Burroughs, Michelle Brownstein, Gregory McElveen, Mike Kelly, and Annetta Streater; Orange County Commissioners Earl McKee, and Bernadette Pelissier; Chapel Hill Town Councilman Lee Storrow; and Carrboro Board of Aldermen member Michelle Johnson.

Representative Foushee was elected to the Board of Education for the Chapel Hill– Carrboro City Schools in 1997, and re-elected to a second term in 2001. She served as Chair from 2001-2003. In November 2004, Valerie was one of eight School Board members selected to the All State School Board by the North Carolina School Boards Association. In November of 2004, she became the first African-American female elected to the Orange County Board of Commissioners. She was re-elected in November of 2008 and served as Chair from 2008 – 2010. In 2012 she successfully ran for State House in District 50, representing Orange and Durham counties in the legislature.

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