The Class of 2015 – Rep. Gale Adcock

The Class of 2015 – Rep. Gale Adcock

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Name: state Rep. Gale Adcock (Democrat)

Occupation: family nurse practitioner, works as the chief health officer for SAS in Cary

District: Wake County

Lives in: Cary

From: originally from Virginia, moved to Cary in 1993

Family: husband Kevin, two college-aged sons.

Campaign website: www.galeadcock.com

Hobbies: Enjoys reading cookbooks and cooking in her spare time.

Previous elected offices, if any: Cary Town Council, 2007 to 2014, Cary Mayor Pro-tem, 2011 to 2014.

Why did you run for office?   “It seemed like the next logical step in a career dedicated to public service; I’ve also been a nurse for 40 years and (in that role) have helped people live better lives.”

What do you think will be the biggest issue at the legislature this year? “Passing a budget that will keep North Carolina thriving economically.”

What’s one specific campaign promise that you’d like to deliver on? “One of the important issues will be (coming up with) some type of long-term financing plan for education.”

Do you think the state should expand the Medicaid program? Why or why not? Favors expanding Medicaid. “I think the state missed a great opportunity by not expanding Medicaid.”

How do you feel about the state’s minimum wage ($7.25 an hour)? Should it be raised? Unsure. “I don’t know enough about it to have an opinion. That’s an issue I need more education about.”

Is the state’s funding for public education enough? No, and wants to see public education policies include a focus on the community college and state university system. “Our state can do a more thorough job of funding our educational system…. I’d like to see us have something that we can sustain and move forward into.”

What leader do you look up to the most? Why? Adcock said she looks up to “the people that I’ve been caring for over 40 years, not political figures. There’s nothing like taking care of people in the inner city of rural areas to see what policies in the state do and don’t do for people.”

Name your pet peeve: “People who don’t like to roll up their sleeves and do the work. I’m a worker bee and if you’re not going to be part of the solution, get out of the way.”

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you? “I’m a real do-it-yourself person and I love to use power tools” for home repairs and projects.

Contact information: Adcock can be reached at her legislative office, (919) 733-5602, or by email, Gale.Adcock@ncleg.net.

About the author

Sarah Ovaska-Few, former Investigative Reporter for N.C. Policy Watch for five years, conducted investigations and watchdog reports into issues of statewide importance. Ovaska-Few was also staff writer and reporter for six years with the News & Observer in Raleigh, where she reported on governmental, legal, political and criminal justice issues.