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Linda Coleman (North Carolina)
|Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina|
|North Carolina House of Representatives|
|2005 – 2009|
|Bachelor's||NC A&T State University|
|Master's||University of Pittsburgh|
|Date of birth||July 12, 1949|
|Place of birth||Greenville, NC|
Coleman was born in Greenville, NC. She earned a B.A. from North Carolina A&T State University and an MPA from the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. She has experience working in human resources management, and was appointed Director of State Personnel by Gov. Perdue.
- B.A., NC A&T State University
- MPA, University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
Coleman ran for the Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina in the 2012 election. She defeated state Senator Eric Mansfield in the May 8th Democratic primary election, and was defeated by Republican Dan Forest in the November 6 general election.
|Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina General Election, 2012|
|Election Results via NC State Board of Elections.|
|Lt. Governor of North Carolina, Democratic Primary, 2012|
|Election Results via The North Carolina Board of Elections.|
On her campaign website, Coleman outlines her position on a number of issues:
- Rebuilding the economy: I believe that a fresh approach to economic development, one that rests on the belief that the greatest wealth and potential of North Carolina rests in her people, is the path to a full and speedy economic recovery. I will advocate tirelessly for investment in North Carolina’s public schools, community colleges and university system.
- Comprehensive economic development: We need a comprehensive approach to our state’s economic development. A critical part of this approach is a skilled and flexible workforce. I am a strong advocate for work force training that develops skills among displaced workers so they can compete for jobs in growing industries that are looking for employees today. We also need work force training that brings together our public schools and community colleges to provide job skill classes and programs for students looking to enter the 21st century economy. Job skill training in our public schools will lower dropout rates, increase graduation rates and improve the job prospects for youth and young adults who would otherwise struggle. Workforce training is vital for a strong middle class. When more people are in the middle class, the economy thrives. That means we must do what we can to help people reach and stay in the middle class: our economic future depends on it.
- Investing in education: Cutting pre-school budgets in the wake of the constitutional order that guaranteed access to pre-k for four year olds at-risk of future academic failure shows contempt for education and struggling children. I will be a champion for early education, our public schools, our community colleges and our university system to give more people and our state a better shot at economic prosperity over future decades.
- Early education: Pre-kindergarten in this state has been a stunning success: an education reform that is producing lasting gains and saving the state many times the initial investment in four year-olds. I fully support the expansion of pre-k to all those children who, through no fault of their own, deserve and have the right to that education.
- K-12 schools: As Lt. Governor, I will advocate for improved resources in the public school classroom. It’s vital we ensure teaching once again becomes an attractive and respected profession. We must support teachers so we can get the best and the brightest working in the classroom. Great teachers are the foundation of great public schools. The scapegoating and attacks on the teaching profession must end. We must lift teachers up, not drag them down. I will advocate education policies that give our local school systems greater flexibility and encourage innovative approaches to teaching and learning. But with greater flexibility and independence must come improved accountability. I will expect a proper return on our investment -- holding school systems, administrators and educators responsible for their performance. I will be a voice for our minorities. Teenage minority boys cannot continue to be marginalized by an education system that fails them and leaves them with few life choices. It is a recipe, as we know, for expensive incarceration, poverty and economically stagnant communities. I will be a voice for low-wealth counties who need an advocate for the resources necessary to deliver the education required to give children a shot at success.
- Community Colleges: As Lt. Governor I will promote a fresh and comprehensive approach to work force training that equips today’s employees with the skills they need to compete for employment in today’s growth industries. I will work to improve access to relevant work force training programs for displaced employees. We must have work force training programs that look at the growing jobs of the 21st century economy and gear those programs to that market.
- North Carolina's universities and colleges: I will work diligently to restore critical funding to our university system. This increases the accessibility of our higher education institutions by controlling fee increases and improves education quality by maintaining adequate staffing and resources that enables research and innovation in our lecture halls and laboratories. This is critical work - work that will attract new and high-tech jobs to our state.
- A voice for equal protection and choice: I vocally oppose Amendment 1: the attempt by the legislature and the carriers of prejudice to penalize couples in domestic unions who are not married. This is an unprecedented, discriminatory and dangerous intrusion into the private lives of our citizens. Had I been elected to the General Assembly in 2011, nothing would have stopped me from standing on the floor of the legislature to vote against this attempt to write discrimination into the constitution. It is too important. I am similarly very troubled by recent legislative action that attempts to make it more difficult for women to exercise control over reproduction, and that mandates how doctors treat patients seeking to exercise their right of choice. I will unequivocally oppose any attempt to limit a woman’s right to choose, hinders the exercise of that right or that seeks out groups of law-abiding citizens for special and discriminatory treatment.
- Protecting our environment: As your Lt. Governor, I will advocate for Clean Green policies that will bring new jobs and economic opportunities to the state. I will support new energy policies for wind and offshore exploration if environmental and economic impact studies show the policies will be safe, create new jobs and provide a new stream of revenue for the State of North Carolina.
- Smarter state government: As your Lt. Governor, I will work with the Governor, the Council of State, the Legislature and elected officials across the state to take a long view of our governmental operations and see where we can improve service and reduce costs. Businesses restructure, non-profits restructure, so it’s not a bad idea to look at how state government can better serve our citizens in today’s 21st century economy.
- Healthcare: As Lt. Governor, I will work with the Governor, the Secretary of Health & Human Services and the Legislature to ensure a smooth implementation of the Patient Affordable Care Act. We must make sure that critical programs helping the less fortunate, the elderly and the infirmed continue to provide the best quality health care services.
- Transportation: We are getting better at it, but we need to continue to improve how we spend our transportation dollars. We need to grow an efficient system that puts the dollars where the traffic is. We need a transportation system that offers users better and more available choices - of bus, rail and road – in order to ease congestion, improve access to jobs and services and keep our economy moving. Integral to an efficient and accessible transportation system is an improvement in reach and frequency of public transportation in urban areas. As Lt. Governor, I will advocate for better mass transit options.
Coleman discusses her campaign with North Carolina Now Senior Correspondent Kelly McCullen:
Coleman lost the election to the position of North Carolina Lieutenant Governor in 2012. During that election cycle, Coleman raised a total of $488,722.
|North Carolina Lieutenant Governor 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Linda Coleman (North Carolina)'s campaign in 2012|
|International Brotherhood of Teamsters||$8,000|
|Lillian's list of North Carolina||$6,000|
|Total Raised in 2012||$488,722|
|Source:Follow the Money|
- Coleman's official campaign website
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign contributions: 2012, 2008, 2006, 2004
- Coleman's answers to Indy Week's 2012 candidate questionnaire
- North Carolina State Board of Elections, "Primary election, May 8, 2012, Unofficial results," accessed May 9, 2012
- Linda Coleman.com, "About Linda," accessed March 29, 2012
- The Virginian-Pilot, "Fight continuing in N.C. lieutenant governor race," November 14, 2012
- Indy Week, "Linda Coleman concedes; Republican Dan Forest is Lt. Gov-elect," November 19, 2012
- Linda Coleman.com, "Linda on the issues," accessed March 29, 2012
- QNotes, "Statewide candidate endorsements announced," September 26, 2012
- Charlotte Observer, "Our Council of State endorsements, part 2," October 24, 2012