North Carolina State Senator Terry Van Duyn has endorsed Julie Mayfield for the 49th Senate District in a new video released by the Mayfield campaign.
In a release to the media, Senator Van Duyn states:
“As a former board member of Lillian’s List, I know it is crucially important that women run and win and that is why I am proud to join them in endorsing Julie Mayfield for the State Senate. Over the years, I have gotten to know Julie as a member of the Asheville City Council, as an attorney and as a champion for our environment. I know that she will be the leader Buncombe County and North Carolina needs and I am proud to endorse her campaign.”
“As Democrats work to take back control of the Senate, we need leaders that are willing to work with Governor Cooper to expand Medicaid, increase our investment in public education and protect a woman’s right to make her own healthcare decisions. As a State Senator, Julie Mayfield will be that partner.”
Statement from candidate Julie Mayfield:
“Terry has been a strong advocate for our region and the people of North Carolina. It’s an honor to have her endorsement, and I hope to follow in her footsteps. Once we’re both elected, I’m looking forward to working with Terry on an agenda that protects the rights of women, invests in public education, expands Medicaid, and addresses climate change. I know that she’s as committed as I am to making a better Buncombe County for all.”
Transcript of Endorsement Video:
What all of us want is someone we can trust. Someone authentic and that’s Julie.
I endorse Julie Mayfield because she is so committed to serving the people in North Carolina.
I think Julie’s right for the job because she’s got the right background. She’s been a strong passionate advocate for environmental issues, particularly clean water, forever. I’ve loved her as a staunch supporter of people in Asheville. So many of us run to our ideological corners, but Julie likes to think about an issue, likes to debate an issue, and she’ll be brilliant in the North Carolina General Assembly.
I endorse Julie Mayfield because she’s smart, she’s committed, she works hard, and she loves North Carolina. And that’s the kind of person I want representing me.
About Julie Mayfield
Julie Mayfield is an environmental advocate and public servant who lives in West Asheville. During her 11 year tenure as executive director and then co-director of MountainTrue, she’s grown the organization from 5 employees to a staff of 23 dedicated environmental professionals. Through everything from lawsuits and direct action to public engagement and policy development, Mayfield has helped protect our public lands from irresponsible logging projects, develop an E. coli monitoring program in the French Broad and in three other watersheds, and pushed the NC Department of Transportation to come up with better alternatives for the I-26 Connector Project. She also led the organization’s work to make Duke Energy clean up its coal ash pits and retire the coal-fired power plant at Lake Julian.
In 2015, she ran for and won a seat on Asheville’s City Council where she has led the council’s advocacy for a better transit system, improvements to the I-26 Connector Project, a transition to clean energy, and for new revenue sources for the city, including a change in the occupancy tax.
She is the chair the two council committees that address affordable housing and planning, and she has become a leading voice for expanding the city’s tools to build more affordable housing and for better land-use planning to manage growth.
Mayfield has also served on and chaired the board of the North Carolina Conservation Network, served on the board of the WNC Chapter of the ACLU, served on the executive committee of the HUB Alliance, and served on the Advisory Committee for WNC Nonprofit Pathways. She is a 2014 graduate of Leadership Asheville.