The November election is coming up, so The Daily Tar Heel is breaking down every state and local office on the ballot, from governor to county commissioner. Here, we broke down who the candidates are for N.C. State Senate District 23.
Incumbent N.C. Sen. Valerie Foushee and her opponent, Tom Glendinning, are vying for the seat for District 23 this November.
State senators are responsible for a wide range of issues critical to local government, including budget appropriations, voter ID laws, cannabis legalization, firearm regulations and more. District 23 of North Carolina comprises the areas of Orange and Chatham counties.
Foushee, a Democrat, has served as the senator for the district since 2013.
Glendinning, a Republican, is a North Carolina-based businessman whose ventures include the creation and management of recycling and contracting companies in the state.
Glendinning said one of the main reasons he’s running is to prevent gridlock in the Senate and allow Republicans to regain a stronger majority. There are now 29 Republicans and 21 Democrats in the state Senate after the Democrats broke the supermajority in 2018.
“Unfortunately, Democrats are just not willing to work with Republicans,” Glendinning said. “I like to work with people, I always have.”
Foushee said she wants to focus on the issues that have been amplified because of the pandemic. She said these issues include widespread access to broadband internet, unemployment benefits, affordable housing and equitable and affordable education.
“A major part of that will be the budget,” Foushee said. “I’m sure that the budget will include those items that will address where we are as a state as it relates to the coronavirus.”