SANFORD — Without good schools, North Carolina’s reputation, employment rate and quality of life all suffer. At least that’s the position of Deb McManus, the Democratic candidate for N.C. House District 54.
McManus, a Chatham County Board of Education member for the last 10 years, said North Carolina was on the up-and-up until the recession and subsequent Republican takeover of the General Assembly, which have led to more than $1 billion in education cuts and, she said,could drive away job creators if the trend doesn’t reverse.
“We were seen as the most progressive Southern state ... . It’s part of why we’re seen as a good place to live and why people and businesses are moving here from all over the country,” she said.