Canton resident Victoria Fox has stepped up as the lone the Democratic candidate running for N.C. State Senate District 50, encompassing Haywood, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Jackson, Macon and Swain.
“I’ve lived in Haywood County now for four years, and in those four years I’ve seen a great need here,” Fox said. “I think it’s high time we start to give the people some different candidates, candidates that understand the trouble they’re going through, and understand their needs.”
Among those needs, Fox said people of Senate District 50 require affordable food, healthcare and energy.
“I hear stories all the time from parents how it’s a struggle for them to pay for their kids’ lunch,” Fox said. “It’s awful how the income divide in this area is, where you see all these children whose families just can’t afford the groceries that they need, or pay for school lunch and breakfast at school.”
Fox, an 11-year Western N.C. resident, wife and mother of three school-aged children, said it is a struggle for many parents to provide adequate healthcare for their families without breaking the bank.
“I know my family is not alone. We have insurance, but every time I take my children to the dentist, our bill is $1,000 to $2,000, even with dental insurance,” Fox said. “It’s a struggle.”
Ensuring strong broadband access in schools is another element of Fox’s platform.
“I’m not your average politician. I’m somebody that everybody can relate to,” Fox said. “I never judge somebody based off of their political beliefs or opinions, I believe people are more than the sum of who they vote for.”
Fox said she works part-time at an Asheville CBD manufacturer, but has spent the last decade focused on raising her family.
“I really think the people out here need a new type of candidate,” Fox said. “I’m somebody that will really work for the people in this area.”