Sunday, March 04, 2018

Cheraton Love, Candidate for NC Senate District 29

After redistricting, NC Senate District 29 is the entirety of Davidson and Montgomery counties. The major urban centers in Davidson are Lexington and Thomasville. Montgomery County is very rural, dominated by the Uwharrie National Forest.

District 29 is an open seat after incumbent Republican Cathy Dunn opted not to seek reelection. Two Republicans are running in the May primary to replace her: Sam Watford, already a Republican member of the NC House, and Eddie Gallimore, a perennial candidate and the former president of the Davidson County Tea Party who ran unsuccessfully for the senate in 2012, 2014, and 2016. Watford
Cheraton and Brad with their three girls
served three terms on the Davidson County Commission before being elected to the NC House in 2014. He ran unopposed for reelection in 2016. Watford would appear to have this. It would be a gift to the Democratic challenger if Gallimore somehow won the primary.

Democrat Cheraton Love has a Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology from Wake Forest University and is the Dean of first-year students at Winston-Salem State University and also teaches biology there. This is her first run for public office. Cheraton has been the president of the PTA at Thomasville Primary School, and she serves on the board of two nonprofits, Davidson County Community Action and Arts Davidson County. Cheraton and her husband Brad and their three daughters, Zoe, Lily, and Rosie, live in Thomasville.

Her campaign website puts education first as an issue, followed closely by expanding healthcare to all and a more nebulous "establish a sustainable workforce." She is well educated and well qualified to make some better choices for North Carolina and to end the one-man dictatorship of Senate President Phil Berger.

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