“The stakes in 2018 are high. People who care more about the common good than political power have a chance to take back the legislature from the radicals who control it.”

– Martha Shafer, Candidate for House District 62

Guilford County – Businesswoman, health care executive, and community leader Martha Shafer announced her candidacy for House District 62, challenging incumbent Republican Representative John Faircloth.

“Like most North Carolinians, I have had my hands full working, raising children, caring for family members, and volunteering in my community. I wasn’t involved in politics, other than voting. But as I’ve watched our state legislators take North Carolina in a radical direction, abandoning support of our public schools that were once the pride of North Carolina, I decided I could no longer sit on the sidelines.

“Having spent my career working in health care, I know that many North Carolina families are struggling to cover basic health needs – a situation made worse by the legislature’s immoral and fiscally irresponsible failure to expand access for 500,000 people who are working but poor, or are disabled. Everyone deserves access to quality, affordable health care, and if our legislature won’t ensure that, we need to change our legislators.

“The stakes in 2018 are high. People who care more about the common good than political power have a chance to take back the legislature from the radicals who control it. I have always been proud to be a North Carolinian, a state that led the South with its forward-looking commitment to education and job opportunities for all families. Today, I am proud to announce my run for House District 62 to be part of a new wave of smart, caring leaders who will once again put North Carolina citizens first.”

Background

A businesswoman, health care executive, and community leader, Martha Shafer is entering politics to provide smart and caring new leadership for North Carolina. After growing up in Charlotte, Shafer graduated from Furman University and received her masters of health administration from Duke University. She pursued a career in healthcare management because she wanted to work in a caring profession using business skills, and went on to become a vice president at The Women’s Hospital in Greensboro. More recently, she served as a school, church, and community leader while raising her two daughters and caring for her aging parents. Her work and life experience as a parent of a child with learning disabilities have taught her the critical importance of high quality public education, accessible healthcare, and job opportunities for all families. A resident of Summerfield, Shafer and her husband Don have two daughters, both of whom attend college in North Carolina. She enjoys ballroom dancing and Tai Chi.