In a statement released Wednesday, Priscilla Sue Counts of Boone, announced she will run against incumbent Jonathan Jordan for N.C. House District 93, which covers Ashe and Watauga counties.
During a speech announcing her candidacy to the Watauga County Democratic Women's Club in Boone, Counts said she decided to run, “Because I can no longer sit by and watch my beloved state wander down a path which is destroying the gains we have made in education, infrastructure, scientific research, job opportunities, and environmental protections.”
Jesse Presnell, Count's campaign manager and senior consultant at Socialtoptia Consulting, LLC said the campaign was pleased about the support it has seen.
“It's been an exhilarating couple of days announcing Sue's campaign, and she's so excited to get to work for the people of Ashe and Watauga counties,” Presnell said.
The official filing period for candidacy does not being until February of 2014, but Presnell said Counts has officially filed a “Statement of Organization” with the Watauga County Board of Elections. The statement allows Counts to form a committee and enables her to begin fundraising.
Counts, who goes by Sue, retired as Watauga County Extension Director in 2008, according to a biography release by the campaign.
The Virginia native was project manager for the Southern Appalachian Leadership Initiative on Cancer and worked as a nutritionist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Avery County Health Department and Appalachian State University.
“Sue's years working with Cooperative Extension give her valuable insight into the issues important to our rural counties,” said Diane Tilson, chair of the Watauga County Democratic Party, “[Counts] will work to find solutions to the challenges we face as we struggle to educate and care for our families.”
Incumbent Jonathan Jordan is serving his second term in the house.