Ramsey touts education credentials, criticizes opponent

Here’s the press release from GOP Statehouse candidate Nathan Ramsey. He’s vying with Democrat Susan Wilson to represent District 115, which includes Fairview, Black Mountain and Weaverville.

Community Leaders Respond to Susan Wilson’s False Attacks
Ramsey is Real Education Leader in State House Race

(Asheville) – Susan Wilson and her special interest allies from Raleigh continue to attack Nathan Ramsey and misrepresent his record on school funding while he was a county commissioner. Here’s what our community leaders have to say about Susan Wilson’s misleading and untrue attacks on Nathan Ramsey.

Buncombe County School Board Members Roger Aiken and Jim Edmonds who served with Nathan Ramsey while he was Chairman of the Board of Commissioners said, “We served on the Buncombe County Board of Education and worked tirelessly with Nathan Ramsey to improve our schools. Nathan never voted to decrease education funding…not once. He actually increased education funding by $18 million and spent an additional $45 million to improve our school’s facilities. No one cares more about public education than Nathan Ramsey. He grew up in these public schools and he will fight for them each and everyday as your next State Representative. Susan Wilson should be ashamed of herself for launching such a vicious and baseless campaign of falsehoods against such a fine man like Nathan Ramsey. Susan Wilson is simply not telling the truth about Nathan Ramsey and public education.”

Democrats who served with Nathan Ramsey on the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners voted exactly the same way as Nathan on school funding during his tenure as a county commissioner. In fact, David Young (Democrat Commissioner ’92-’08) and Bill Stanley (Democrat Commissioner 1988-Present) said the following, “During our entire time on the Commission, Buncombe County School spending was NEVER cut, and anyone making claims that say otherwise are not being truthful. Our schools are our top priority and during our service as commissioners, the county increased funding for Asheville City and Buncombe County Schools as well as AB Tech by tens of millions of dollars to hire additional teachers, improve pay for all school personnel, and to equip our classrooms with the latest technology. Hundreds of millions of dollars were invested in building almost 30 new schools and modernizing all of our schools so our students could be educated in some of the best school facilities in the state. We are proud of our record supporting education in because great schools are the best path for our people to obtain a good paying job.”

Nathan Ramsey grew up in Buncombe County and graduated from AC Reynolds High School. Buncombe County Finance Department records show school funding was never cut while Nathan was a county commissioner. Susan Wilson is entitled to her own opinion, but she is NOT entitled to her own facts. Nathan Ramsey was endorsed in 2004 and 2008 by Buncombe County Education Association.

Nathan Ramsey said, “North Carolina teachers know whether I supported our public schools and they gave me an “A” grade every time I ran for re-election. Susan Wilson gets an “F” for failing to tell the truth. Our teachers, school board members, and even Democrat commissioners all agree, when it comes to this issue, Susan Wilson and her friends in Raleigh are just simply not telling the truth.”

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