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One change this election season will be the close of an embarrassing era in North Carolina politics.
Our congresswoman, Rep. Virginia Foxx, is proud to call as her mentor a man whose legacy includes the use of hate and fear to create a political base. (Jesse Helms never would renounce the campaign tactics that validated racist attitudes in our society.) She has painted herself in his image at every opportunity, taking extreme positions that convey an indifference to the hardships faced by many; a record that belies the values of this district.
Fortunately, 5th District voters have an opportunity to send Roy Carter to Congress this November. Through his career as an educator, Carter has worked with students and parents from every walk of life, and understands the unique qualities that each individual possesses. Carter also has spent long hours demonstrating that when people work together, these talents complement each other and the result is far greater than the sum of the parts.
That is leadership: bringing people together, teaching respect and dignity.
Let us end the politics of fear and division and bring a more positive light to Northwest North Carolina. That is change I can believe in.