Why She’s Running

Martha Shafer believes it’s time for new leadership in Raleigh.  There are enough lawyers in the General Assembly; what we need are representatives from all walks of life who put the well-being of our citizens first. With a lifetime of experience as a mother, businesswoman, school, church and community volunteer, she is ready to collaborate and move beyond partisanship for the good of our state.

Martha’s civic commitment has always extended to the voting booth, as she believes that every citizen has the responsibility to be informed and participate in the democratic process. After growing frustrated with a lack of qualified candidates for state offices, she decided to get off the sidelines. In 2018, Martha aims to be part of new wave of smart, caring leaders who will fight to restore North Carolina’s commitment to excellent public education, innovative economic development, and high quality affordable healthcare for all.

Martha with her parents.

Martha with her husband and daughters.

Investing in North Carolina’s people and future

North Carolina once held a national reputation as a state that valued public education. Our public university system has long been a source of immense pride for our citizens. But today, that commitment has been abandoned by our legislature. Public education is not being adequately funded; per pupil spending is down since 2008, putting us as one of the states that spends the least per student in the country. Laws that directly affect our children in the classroom are rushed through without open debate and fair hearings, leading to bad decisions. Martha will fight to prioritize public education once again, so all our children have access to great teachers and well-equipped schools. She believes that public education is the best investment we can make.

Having spent her entire career working in healthcare, Martha knows first-hand that many North Carolina families are struggling to cover basic health needs. Unfortunately, the General Assembly has decided NOT to expand access to Medicaid to 500,000 North Carolinians who would benefit under the Affordable Care Act. Not only is this immoral, it is fiscally irresponsible. Expanding Medicaid would create 43,000 jobs by 2020, both in health care and other sectors, and the state’s economy could gain tens of billions in business revenue. Most of the cost would be paid by Federal dollars, which are currently funding expanded care in thirty-one other states that have made the rational and caring choice to expand Medicaid. Expanding Medicaid will lower the amount of charity care that hospitals provide, which will put downward pressure on insurance premiums for insured patients, making expansion a win for everyone. As your representative, Martha will work to make healthcare more accessible and affordable for all North Carolinians.

Making Democracy Work For All

Martha has always believed that every citizen has the responsibility to be informed and participate in the democratic process.  Recently, she realized that something is fundamentally broken in our democracy. No matter how many letters she wrote or how often she called, her representatives didn’t seem to listen. This non-responsiveness was not a coincidence.

Because of heavily gerrymandered districts, many state representatives and senators are in uncompetitive districts, meaning races are often lopsided affairs in favor of one party over another. Incumbents are often without challengers, as any opposition is resigned to defeat before election season even starts. This is not how democracy is supposed to work.

Martha is committed to reforming the redistricting process so that citizens select their legislators, not the other way around.

Martha with campaign supporters.

Why She’s Running

Martha Shafer believes it’s time for new leadership in Raleigh.  There are enough lawyers in the General Assembly; what we need are representatives from all walks of life who put the well-being of our citizens first. With a lifetime of experience as a mother, businesswoman, school, church and community volunteer, she is ready to collaborate and move beyond partisanship for the good of our state.

Martha’s civic commitment has always extended to the voting booth, as she believes that every citizen has the responsibility to be informed and participate in the democratic process. After growing frustrated with a lack of qualified candidates for state offices, she decided to get off the sidelines. In 2018, Martha aims to be part of new wave of smart, caring leaders who will fight to restore North Carolina’s commitment to excellent public education, innovative economic development, and high quality affordable healthcare for all.

Investing in North Carolina’s people and future

North Carolina once held a national reputation as a state that valued public education. Our public university system has long been a source of immense pride for our citizens. But today, that commitment has been abandoned by our legislature. Public education is not being adequately funded; per pupil spending is down since 2008, putting us as one of the states that spends the least per student in the country. Laws that directly affect our children in the classroom are rushed through without open debate and fair hearings, leading to bad decisions. Martha will fight to prioritize public education once again, so all our children have access to great teachers and well-equipped schools. She believes that public education is the best investment we can make.

Having spent her entire career working in healthcare, Martha knows first-hand that many North Carolina families are struggling to cover basic health needs. Unfortunately, the General Assembly has decided NOT to expand access to Medicaid to 500,000 North Carolinians who would benefit under the Affordable Care Act. Not only is this immoral, it is fiscally irresponsible. Expanding Medicaid would create 43,000 jobs by 2020, both in health care and other sectors, and the state’s economy could gain tens of billions in business revenue. Most of the cost would be paid by Federal dollars, which are currently funding expanded care in thirty-one other states that have made the rational and caring choice to expand Medicaid. Expanding Medicaid will lower the amount of charity care that hospitals provide, which will put downward pressure on insurance premiums for insured patients, making expansion a win for everyone. As your representative, Martha will work to make healthcare more accessible and affordable for all North Carolinians.

Women who are working for change in NC in 2018: Carolyn Bunker, President, Democratic Women of Guilford County, Jen Mangrum, running for SD 30, Martha Shafer, running for HD 62, and Ashton Clemmons, running in HD 57.

Making Democracy Work For All

Martha has always believed that every citizen has the responsibility to be informed and participate in the democratic process.  Recently, she realized that something is fundamentally broken in our democracy. No matter how many letters she wrote or how often she called, her representatives didn’t seem to listen. This non-responsiveness was not a coincidence.

Because of heavily gerrymandered districts, many state representatives and senators are in uncompetitive districts, meaning races are often lopsided affairs in favor of one party over another. Incumbents are often without challengers, as any opposition is resigned to defeat before election season even starts. This is not how democracy is supposed to work.

Martha is committed to reforming the redistricting process so that citizens select their legislators, not the other way around.

What People Are Saying About Martha Shafer

When I taught high school Theatre in Guilford County Schools Martha Shafer was among the most dedicated and helpful parents I ever encountered. She organized and ran our Fine Arts Booster program that greatly benefited the theatre, dance and visual arts programs. Martha could always be counted on to help out however it was needed. She loved working with the students and was an important part of the theatre and fine arts family. Even after her daughter graduated, Martha continued to be involved with the arts programs and often volunteered, despite no longer having formal ties to the school. She is an incredibly hard working and dedicated individual who is exactly the type of person we need in NC state government.

Jay Ewing

Former Teacher, Guilford County Schools

While serving on a church board with Martha, I found her to be an effective and forward-thinking leader. She served the best interest of the church and its congregation. Martha is certain to be a fair-minded representative of her fellow North Carolinians.

Jenan Jones Benson

Writer

When I was a high school student, I was an active participant in our theatre program and knew Martha as an extremely hands-on volunteer who was passionate about the growth of every individual with whom she came in contact.

Rachel Anne Heller