Democrat Julia Boseman says she's planning to run against Republican Sen. Thom Goolsby to reclaim her old seat in the legislature.
"I think that competition is wonderful," Goolsby said Wednesday via text message. "The problem with our current system is that too few people are willing to serve."
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Democrat Julia Boseman says she's planning to run against Republican Sen. Thom Goolsby to reclaim her old seat in the legislature.
"I don't think people are happy with the performance that's happening at the state level and I do think it's just an opportunity," she said in an exclusive interview with WECT. "The people that I come in contact with are very upset with the representation that they have in Raleigh, and whether it's me or someone else, I think the people want someone new."
Boseman was elected to the senate in 2004 and chose not to seek re-election in 2010. She was the first openly gay member of the General Assembly.
Half of the voters who responded to a poll taken in Goolsby's district last month said they would cast a ballot for a Democrat if the election were held that day, according to left-leaning Public Policy Polling.
"I think that competition is wonderful," Goolsby said Wednesday via text message. "The problem with our current system is that too few people are willing to serve. Since taking office in January, 2011, our county's unemployment rate has dropped 1.5 percent. I am proud to stand on my record of lowering taxes, increasing education funding by $361 million, stopping forced annexation, helping to save the Marine Tech program and film credits, as well as enacting commonsense regulatory reforms and balancing the state budget."
"I think it's most important to listen to the people and what it is they want, and I think the people here want jobs and they want a good education," Boseman said.
As a state senator, Boseman said she worked to implement the state's film incentives. She is concerned that they may be allowed to sunset at the end of 2014.
Goolsby and House Speaker Thom Tillis have said they support the incentives.
Boseman said she's also concerned with the state's education rankings, including teacher pay and per-pupil funding.
"Teachers spend more time with children than some parents do, and to have them at such a low priority in our state I think doesn't speak well for the people of the state," she said.
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