Lindsey Prather announces her candidacy for North Carolina House District 116

Press release from Lindsey Prather:

Buncombe County, NC

Candler resident and Democrat Lindsey Prather has announced her intention to fill the open State House seat of Representative Brian Turner. Prather has the utmost respect for Rep. Turner, and looks forward to continuing his advocacy on behalf of public schools, the environment, and healthcare.

Lindsey graduated from the University of North Carolina Asheville as a recipient of the NC Teaching Fellows scholarship and is proud to have attended North Carolina public schools her entire life. After completing her bachelor’s degree in Sociology and earning Social Studies and Special Education teaching licenses, Lindsey taught in Buncombe County Schools, including Erwin High School and Middle College for six years.

Lindsey’s experiences in the classroom made her want to learn more about her students’ experiences outside of the school building, as well as the mechanisms of how our government serves our students and communities. This led to her enrolling in Western Carolina University’s Masters in Public Affairs program. After graduating, Lindsey returned to UNC Asheville to serve as Assistant Director of Admission where she currently works to recruit and counsel incoming transfer and military/veteran students.

Lindsey has also been deeply involved in local political and community work. She has served in various roles mainly focused on voter education and information. She has led trainings on voter registration and organized multiple candidate forums in various parts of the county, working to improve access to the civic process.

Lindsey, husband Eric, and dog Maeby spend their free time taking walks at the Buncombe County Sports Park, riding bicycles in and around the county, and admiring Mt. Pisgah every time they look up.

Lindsey states, “I owe much of what I am and what I’ve achieved to the great state of North Carolina. I want to use my knowledge, experience, work ethic, and privilege to give back to the people who live and work in this beautiful region. Buncombe County and its mountains, my home, deserve a strong voice in Raleigh.

In my background, I’ve had the opportunity to learn so much about how our government works, as well as how to bring people together in ways that build community and understanding. Specifically, my experience serving in multiple roles in the public education system gives me important insight on the issues facing a state which is currently abdicating its constitutional duties with regards to education. And while it’s not clear yet when filing will take place or exactly which maps will be used, my plans are clear. I look forward to continuing my hard work for our schools and communities as the next representative for District 116.”

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