|North Carolina State Senate, District 47|
|County Commissioner of McDowell County|
|Profession||Director of External Relations|
Lavender has served as County Commissioner of McDowell County since 2002.
Lavender's professional experience includes working as an investigator for the United States Office of Personnel Management, as a child protective services employee for the McDowell County Department of Social Services and as the director of external relations at McDowell Technical Community College.
On his Facebook page, Lavender said he would, "support education and educators and look forward to helping to craft solutions for better outcomes for our K-12 students, rather than undermining public schools and villainizing public educators as our current legislature has done. Our community colleges are an integral part of our workforce training and economic development; we must build and refine these programs if our state and economy are to be successful. Tearing them down is not an option. Likewise, our university system is them envy of many across the nation. We cannot let destroy it as things are refined."
Elections for the office of North Carolina State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place May 6, 2014. The general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 28, 2014. Incumbent Ralph Hise defeated Michael Lavender in the Republican primary and is unchallenged in the general election.
|North Carolina State Senate, District 47 Republican Primary, 2014|
|Ralph Hise Incumbent||62%||8,378|
Lavender has two children.
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