On Veterans Day, Democrat Pete Glidewell will formally announce that he is a candidate for the US House of Representatives in the 6th District of North Carolin at the Veteran’s Memorial in Graham.
Glidewell, a Vietnam veteran, is a business consultant and former textile executive that has served as Chair of the Alamance Democratic Party.
Glidewell said the focus for the campaign will be “Putting American Jobs First”.
“For too long we have given our middle class jobs away and harmed the middle class for the sake of getting cheaper product from overseas,” he said. “Since our economy is built on the foundation of middle class consumption, they must have jobs to fuel the US economy for everyone. With unemployment, underemployment and people who have just given up, we now have the lowest labor participation rate in 38 years. Unless we focus on protecting, enhancing, reclaiming and creating American middle class jobs first, our stagnant economy will not recover. A vibrant economy will fix more of our problems than any other focused effort. This would include solving the deficit, social security funding, unemployment, health care and ensuring the security of our nation.
“My family goes way back in Stokes County to my great great grandfather, Zachariah Glidewell,” he added. “My great grandfather was Caleb Wesley Glidewell, a Baptist preacher in the King area and my grandfather was born there before moving to Rockingham County. I am actually named (I am a 3rd) for Caleb’s best friend who was also a Baptist preacher there, Powell Watkins.”
Glidewell was born in Roxboro and raised in Reidsville. After graduation from Davidson College with a degree in Economics and Business Administration, Glidewell served in Vietnam as a company commander before starting his business career. A 45 year textile management career has given him experience not only in manufacturing but also in international trade including being CEO of a 2,400 employee textile company, Chatham Manufacturing, as well as owning his own mill. He is now partner in Jefferson Powell Consultants. He also completed The Executive Program at UNC- Chapel Hill.