Jane Hipps of Waynesville has officially announced her candidacy for the North Carolina Senate seat held by Jim Davis.
To kickoff her campaign, an “Announcement Celebration” is being held for Hipps Thursday evening at 5:30 pm at the Junaluska Elementary School. The public is invited.
Having spent more than 38 years in public education, Hipps understands firsthand what it means to be an educator. Working first as a vocational rehabilitation counselor in Haywood County and eventually as a science consultant for the Western Area Regional Alliance, she has been a school psychologist, a teacher, a program developer, and a National Math and Science Consultant. Hipps states that while she looks at her time in the classroom with pride, she believes recent moves of our North Carolina Legislature have left monumental concerns.
Hipps says she is running for the NC Senate because she is concerned about the future of this state. She highlights how opportunities for our children have been eroded by the massive cuts and threats to public education, including the community colleges and universities. Hipps states that the impact of these cuts at the local level has meant that our counties have fewer teachers, teacher assistants and assistant principals.
Hipps shares that, “it is time that we in western North Carolina join together and rebuild the public education program in this great State. Let’s pay our teachers a winning wage. Let’s reward those who seek advanced certification and degrees, and, let’s get back to the business of building a better North Carolina.”
Submitted by Ben Utley, Hipps Campaign Coordinator.