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Chatham Democratic Candidates
US Congressional District 6
Ryan Watts is running “for Congress because the future of our country is at stake... Together, we will push for an agenda that creates a healthier, safer, more prosperous future – for all.” Watts brings extensive experience in business, addressing the challenges of a changing economy. The thread throughout his work is a focus on human capital – helping not just companies succeed, but helping people succeed. He’s personally re-trained thousands of workers throughout the United States and implemented initiatives that enabled employees to adjust to a changing economy. His premise is that “we should never throw our workers under the bus – they are too valuable.”
Watts, a native North Carolinian, is the grandson of a minister and educator who served as a Navy chaplain in Korea and Vietnam and later as missionaries in Africa. Ryan’s family has always modeled service and instilled in him a strong work ethic, drive to succeed and a commitment to service.
He is a candidate of great depth and thoughtfulness. Learn more at Https://WattsForCongress.com.
NC GENERAL ASSEMBLY
NC Senate District 23
State Senator Valerie Foushee SD 23 – Sen. Foushee has a distinguished career in public service. She retired from the Chapel Hill Police Department after 21 years of service supervising two units and administering an $11 million budget. She joined the legislature in 2012 as State Representative for District 50. She became State Senator for District 23 following the resignation of Senator Ellie Kinnaird.
Sen. Foushee is committed to investing in quality education, strengthening the economy and repealing HB2. Many North Carolina families have not experienced the “Carolina Comeback.” Our economy should work for all North Carolinians. In the Senate, Valerie has advocated for bipartisan reform of education-funding policy to ensure transparency and appropriate funding for all school districts. Learn more at Https://www.valeriefoushee.com.
NC House District 54
Representative Robert T. Reives II HD 54 – Rep. Reives was selected to complete the term of Rep. McManus in 2013 and went on to win election in 2014. He quickly emerged as a leader in the NC House and someone who could bring members together around common needs.
Upon entering the NCGA, Robert was immediately tapped for leadership, serving as Freshman Caucus Co-Chair and as treasurer of the NC Legislative Black Caucus. Currently, Robert is still looked to for leadership as he works across party lines in his role as Deputy Democratic Leader of the House, as Vice-Chair of the Education – Community Colleges committee and as Vice-Chair of the Judiciary III committee.
As a former assistant DA, Robert approaches legislation with an eye towards protecting those who are marginalized, vulnerable and oppressed. His experience as a certified mediator and attorney gives him a skill set to help opposing factions reach consensus and resolve conflict. Learn more at Https://www.reivesforhouse.com.
CHATHAM COUNTY COMMISSION
Commissioner Diana Hales, District 3 – Diana Hales and her husband own a small farm on the Rocky River in western Chatham County. They have lived in Chatham for 28 years. An avid gardener, Hales was also a member of the Siler City NC STEP Leadership Team and is currently an officer of the Siler City Development Organization. Recently retired, she worked in public service for 20 years, including the UNC-Chapel Hill Graduate School of Business, UNC-TV, and the Center for Geographic Information and Analysis in state government. Elected to her first term in 2014, Hales currently serves as Board Chair. Along with fellow board members, Hales supported and passed county-wide zoning, imposed a moratorium on fracking, and developed a Comprehensive Land Use Plan to ensure managed growth. Hales will continue to work for preserving the quality of life in Chatham while making investments to attract high-tech and clean jobs. Learn more at Https://www.DianaHales.com.
Commissioner Jim Crawford, District 4 – Jim Crawford was the first member of his family to earn a college degree. He worked in Chatham County as a carpenter to pay for graduate school, earning a PhD in U.S. History from UNC-Chapel Hill. He taught at UNC-Greensboro and NC A&T, volunteered with the Chatham Council on Aging, and served on the Chatham County Recreation Advisory Committee and the Planning Board. He recently launched a new business, Chatham Cider Works, located in Pittsboro. Elected to the Chatham County Board of Commissioners in 2014, he chaired the Board until 2018. Under his leadership, the Board approved county-wide zoning, imposed a moratorium on fracking, secured options on megasites in Moncure and Siler City to promote jobs, developed a Comprehensive Land Use Plan to ensure managed growth, and created Chatham Promise, which guarantees two years of free tuition at Chatham County Community College for new high school graduates in the county. If re-elected as Commissioner, he intends to focus on smart growth, affordable housing, jobs, building community, and environmental protections. Learn more at Https://www.crawford4chatham.com.