Deborah Ross, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, energized Stokes County democrats Sunday afternoon in a rally held at the democratic headquarters on Main Street in Walnut Cove.
“From one end of the state to another what I’ve been hearing is that the people of North Carolina are ready for a change. Richard Burr has been there too long sticking up for his self-interests and the special interests,” Ross said.
In light of Labor Day, Ross shared she would make sure working men and women received equal pay for equal work.
“The minimum wage has not gone up in seven years. There are people who are working two or three minimum wage jobs to make ends meet. I believe in raising it to $12 an hour doing it incrementally,” Ross explained. “I’m for equal pay for equal work for women. And I don’t know why Richard Burr voted against it six times.”
According to the candidate, two-thirds of families in North Carolina rely on a woman’s paycheck to make ends meet.
“Richard Burr voted to raise his salary in congress four times. Now everybody deserves a raise, so I’m OK with that, but he voted against raising the minimum wage and there’s something wrong with that picture.”
Ross is energetic, sharp, and has lots to say. She’s currently crisscrossing the state answering questions and explaining why she’s best suited to represent North Carolina in Washington. According to recent polls, her words are resonating with voters.
This week in the latest CBS News Battleground Tracker, Ross is leading Burr 41-40.
“I’ve been campaigning on economic security. For our senior citizens we have got to, absolutely got to, stabilize social security and Medicare for this generation and future generations,” she said.
Ross admittedly understands the frustrations voters feel over politics.
“People don’t get along anymore. When I served in the general assembly, for the first eight years we worked across the aisle. More than 90 percent of the bills I got passed had more than half of the republicans voting for them. If you’re about the people, you’re about good ideas that get things done.”
Michael Hylton, former Stokes County agricultural extension agent, now running for county commissioner said Ross’ candor was refreshing.
“Mrs. Ross was on point with her remarks. I think people believe we aren’t moving forward as a state and we really need some leadership. We need critical thinkers in office,” he said. “Today was incredibly encouraging. It makes you feel like we have a chance to create some positive change this time around. We’ve had too much division and the more we can bring people together the better off we’re going to be.”
Amanda Dodson can be reached at 336-813-2426 or on Twitter at AmandaTDodson.