On a normal day, T. Greg Doucette comes home to relax with his cranky beagle, often after meeting with lawyers and policymakers during the day.
But life was not always so stable for Doucette, who is running unopposed in the Republican primary for N.C. Senate for District 22, which encompasses parts of Durham County.
Doucette was forced to drop out of N.C. State University in 2000 due to financial pressures. And he was later faced with many people's worst fear: He was homeless.
But what could have derailed his life served as a turning point, Doucette said. He got a job at a UPS store, where he worked from 3 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day to get himself back on his feet. Two years later, he accepted a job at a law firm and found not only financial security, but his passion.
With his eyes set on law school, Doucette reenrolled at N.C. State and finished his degree in 2009. He served two terms as president of Student Senate and the president of the UNC Association of Student Governments — which gave him a non-voting seat on the UNC-system Board of Governors.
The board has changed since his time, Doucette said.
“The Board of Governors has always been partisan, the difference now is that they’re not cordial," he said. "They used to disagree in their meetings and then afterwards go have a drink and talk out the differences. I just don’t see that happening now.”
Doucette said during his time on the board, he helped to enact six different measures through the ASG to amplify student input.
“I made a concerted effort to bring students from all 17 campuses with me to (BOG) meetings to ensure that student voices were heard,” he said.