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Derek Kiszely

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Derek Kiszely
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Former candidate for
North Carolina House of Representatives, District 49
ProfessionSales and Operations manager at Hertzburg Furs
Campaign website
Derek Kiszely was a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 49 of the North Carolina House of Representatives.


Kiszely professional experience includes working as Sales and Operations manager at Hertzburg Furs.[1]


Campaign themes


Kiszely's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[2]


  • Excerpt: "Small businesses are a major job creator, so we need to lower our tax rates and streamline regulations. I believe that as we reduce the burden that government has placed on businesses, our state and society will be strengthened. I also support loans that will help small businesses make it through the tough times."


  • Excerpt: "What doesn’t make sense is when our elected officials lose sight of the big picture in order to brag about some budget cuts. Look, it’s not rocket science: if we invest more in early childhood education, we get more high school graduates 12 years later. Our economic future depends upon a well educated workforce. If our children are expected to compete in the 21st century global economy, we must continue to strengthen our schools by upgrading classroom technology and providing adequate funding at all levels. North Carolina is known across the country for our outstanding community colleges and universities, but we are neglecting our children by failing to invest in a quality K-12 education system."


  • Excerpt: "The career politicians in Raleigh must stop turning a blind eye because of lobbyists and corporate contributors, and start looking out for the Earth’s future. Fresh air and clean water are, quite possibly, the most important aspects of our legacy that we can leave to the next generation."

Voter rights

  • Excerpt: "If I have the honor of being elected, I will fight to protect the fundamental constitutional voting rights of every American."

Civil rights

  • Excerpt: "As a fierce advocate for equality, peace, and justice for all, I will fight to end discrimination in North Carolina–be it on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity or national origin, language, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, or disability."



See also: North Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of North Carolina House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 6, 2014. The general election took place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 28, 2014. Gary Pendleton was unopposed in the Republican primary, while Kim Hanchette defeated Derek Kiszely in the Democratic primary. Pendleton defeated Hanchette in the general election.[3][4]

North Carolina House of Representatives, District 49 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGary Pendleton Incumbent 51.6% 20,588
     Democratic Kim Hanchette 48.4% 19,290
Total Votes 39,878
North Carolina House of Representatives, District 49 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKim Hanchette 76.5% 4,700
Derek Kiszely 23.5% 1,445
Total Votes 6,145

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