Valerie Foushee, a Democrat, won re-election for District 23 of the N.C. Senate, defeating opponent Tom Glendinning, a Republican, with 71.18 percent of the votes. This will be Foushee’s third term representing Orange and Chatham counties in the General Assembly.
Foushee sits on a number of standing committees, including the Education/Higher Education committee, the Health Care committee and the Justice and Public Safety committee.
Foushee said she is committed to investing in education, promoting economic growth, protecting the environment and advocating for equality. She has sponsored bills concerning legislation such as the increase in the prevention and punishment of hate crimes, funding for school counselors and psychologists, health care for pregnant female prisoners and the legalization of medical marijuana.
Bill Rose, a resident of Raleigh, said he recently changed his affiliation to the Democratic Party.
"In the last seven or eight years, everything I grew up believing has shifted from the Republicans to Democrats in terms of inclusiveness, diversity and welcoming everybody, and I think there are a lot of positive ideas in the party right now that I was drawn to," he said.