A vote for Patsy Keever is a vote for gender parity in state government

March is Women's History Month. One of the most monumental events in U.S. history was the passage of the 19th Amendment after a 70-year battle for women's suffrage. Despite women representing 54 percent of the voters in 2008, only 17 percent of the U.S. Congress is made up of women. North Carolina is slightly better: Women hold 39 out of the 120 seats in the state House of Representatives.

However, there's hope we can do better: Today, more talented women volunteer for public service, like Patsy Keever, a Democratic candidate for the state house. Patsy is a Duke graduate, was a teacher for 25 years and a member of the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners. She understands the environmental concerns of Western North Carolinians and the universal challenges in public education and the economy. She was recently endorsed by the Women's Campaign Forum, a national nonpartisan organization dedicated to gender parity in government.

Women and men should vote for Keever both in the primary in May and in the general election. The perspective and experience of women like Patsy is too important to be ignored. In March, we remember women's history and struggle, and in May, we can vote for Keever as part of women's and North Carolina's future.

— Asia James
Asheville

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3 thoughts on “A vote for Patsy Keever is a vote for gender parity in state government

  1. JoJo

    Wow– this is what it has come down to- “Vote for Patsy Keever because she’s female”! Patsy has had some opportunities to tell us why she’s running, to tell us why incumbent Democrat Bruce Goforth needs to be replaced, to tell us why she is the one to defeat a Republican challenger in the fall. Instead, in her ONE debate (CIBO forum)with Goforth, Keever said she’s not running to oppose him, only to “offer a choice”, and stated clearly that “Bruce has done a good job.” It looks like Keever’s personal ambition crowded out basic common sense. Re-elect Goforth for strong representation in Raleigh, and support Keever for “well-remembered teacher” status in Asheville.

  2. UNaffiliated Voter

    ‘Keever is a graduate of Duke’ … so’s my cousin who’s NEVER been able to HOLD a job since graduating DOOK!

    Duke is risking all remaining credibility by inviting Al Gore there to speak about you know what on April 8th at Page Auditorium! Hopefully there will be mass PROTEST in this giant HOAXER and LIAR for personal benefit! DOOK looks VERY FOOLISH these days …

  3. dhalgren

    UNaffiliated Voter, that means teaparty doesn’t it? Patsy is a well qualified candidate and Duke University is an excellent school.

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