To the Editor:

Public education has always been the great equalizer, and North Carolina has always been a “light in the South” as far as education is concerned. In recent years education has been at the forefront of many people’s minds at the local, state, and national level. Decisions about education can be very personal, like where your child or grandchild might attend school or how your tax dollars are going to be spent. A business owner might be more interested in what kinds of bills and policies shape what our students learn, what the workforce will look like, or who will work to solve the problems of tomorrow. Regardless, all are impacted by our public education system.

With elections around the corner in November of 2024, who you vote for could have a huge impact on what the future of our community looks like, in more ways than ever before. At the state and national levels, candidates running for education positions, and those impacting how education is funded are running on platforms that are complete opposites from one another. One side believes in education as an investment in the community, while others are confident the system should not exist.

On the state level, we elect an N.C. superintendent to lead public schools. In addition to many tasks, the person that holds this position must understand the law, finances, and the function of education. As citizens, we have the right to vote for this incredibly distinguished office so we feel our interests are represented for the future of our community.

In 2024 your choices for N.C. superintendent are Mo Green, who has served as a county superintendent and school board attorney, and has run an organization that funds public education projects. Opposing him is Michelle Morrow, who does not believe public education should exist.

The future of our children in Iredell County depends on the decisions made at the state level. Those decisions will be deeply influenced by the vision and motivation of the N.C. superintendent, who will either be someone who will lobby for legislation that could help our kids eat a warm meal and ensure that every child has access to an equal education, or someone who will work to take public funds from struggling children to give to private institutions in the form of voucher programs that predominantly help wealthy folks whose children already attend private schools.

Mo Green will be joining the Iredell County Democratic Party to inform citizens of Iredell and rural areas of his stances and experiences. If you are a public school advocate, please join us on April 13 at the Statesville Civic Center at 6 p.m. to learn more.

Ticket sales end on Thursday, April 11, at 8 a.m. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door. Buy tickets online and learn more about the event at

Beth Kendall, chair
Iredell Democratic Party

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