Dan besse

for nc house district 74

Working together, for a change


Our state legislature has forgotten how to cooperate.

Whether the challenge is improving our schools, creating jobs, helping our people stay healthy, or protecting our environment, too little positive work is getting done.  Instead, leaders who have concentrated too much power in too few hands focus on protecting their own power instead of making government work for our communities.

I grew up in North Carolina and have made Forsyth County my home For the past 18 years I’ve been working at the city level in Winston-Salem, concentrating on making our community an even better place.  In the process, I’ve had the opportunity to work with colleagues from Clemmons, Lewisville, and other communities in Forsyth County.  We’ve worked together to improve our county, on challenges from improving our roads and transportation system, and recruiting jobs, to protecting our clean air, water, and land.

We need a new set of priorities working for us at the state level.  We need an attitude of respect and listening to everyone’s concerns and ideas.  In local government, we don’t have the luxury of spending our time fussing about politics and power plays.  That won’t get the potholes filled, the trash picked up, or our neighborhoods kept safe.  We work to fix problems and provide good service for everyone.

We can do that at the state level too.  North Carolina used to be known for taking a common-sense approach, and making progress together instead of dividing our people and dragging our state backwards.  We can be known as a common-sense state making progress together again.

I’ve always described my approach as “neighbors working together”—and I can’t think of a better way to describe the attitude we need working for us in Raleigh.  I’m asking you for the chance to help neighbors work together in the state legislature on behalf of the people of Forsyth County.

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