I am Caroline Walker, a long-time resident of Union County, and I want to represent you as state Senator for NC Senate District 35. I have lived in the Waxhaw area for the past 16 years with my husband Sean and our two children, Julianna and Sean.
I have a strong background in leadership, education, and community service. I worked in education for over ten years teaching and in administration for the public school system, the community college system and as a small business owner. As a dedicated member of my community, I served as a community organizer and nonprofit volunteer for over eight years working with organizations including Girl Scouts, Friends of First Step, B.E. Outreach, SOAR Academy, Bright Blessings, Union County Community Shelter, Crisis Assistance Ministries, Hope Haven, the Democratic Party, Autism Speaks, and the National MS Society. I was a proud Girl Scout leader for my daughter’s troop for four years focusing on empowering young women to make a difference through community service.
I have also been a small business owner and founded a successful business in 2010. I know what it is like to create jobs, have a payroll to meet, work to provide a living wage and benefits, and create something real from my own passion that makes a difference in our community. I have worked for both small and large companies, and I know what it is like to try to cover my family’s budget. Like so many others, the recession hit my family hard. My husband and I were young with a new baby and both working in the housing and construction industry when the housing market crashed. I know what it means to scrape by and worry that I will not be able to provide for my family. I am running because I want to ensure efficiency, accountability, responsibility and transparency in government that protects our jobs, schools, infrastructure and values.
I have spent the last four years working with state and local governments across the east coast to improve their efficiency and decision making through the use technology. This work has given me the experience to truly understand how our governments work as well as awareness of how many things we can do to make them better and improve the quality of life for our communities. My current focus is specifically on budgeting, strategic planning, reducing wasteful spending, increasing transparency, open data and promoting citizen engagement.
I am not a career politician who has run for one office after another. I am not here to play the game. I am here to do something different, be something different and represent something different. I want to work for you and use my experience and skills to make a real difference in each of our lives.
I love my community, my state, and my country. While I have been increasingly active in politics over the past decade, I never envisioned that I would run for office myself. However, I believe we deserve representatives that listen to our needs, are loyal to us and not their own interests, respect the sanctity and purity of our system, and represent our values as proud Americans and North Carolinians.
I am tired of seeing our state spend time and money fighting battles that do nothing to improve the lives of North Carolinians. Let’s stop the waste, the fighting, the egos, the politics and represent the people.
As your state Senator, I would focus on jobs, education, healthcare, and infrastructure.
Every North Carolinian should have access to a job that pays a living wage.
Every child in North Carolina deserves to attend a high quality, safe school where each child has equal opportunities and receives a top-notch education from supported and well-paid teachers.
Everyone should have access to quality healthcare providers, preventative care, addiction services, and prescription medication.
Economic development and infrastructure improvements should be responsible, sustainable, and should protect the beauty and purity of our natural resources and our environment.
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