Sue Counts to run for N.C. House
by Staff Reports
Democrat Sue Counts of Boone announced Wednesday that she plans to run for N.C. House of Representatives for District 93.
The position, which represents Ashe and Watauga counties, is currently held by Republican Jonathan Jordan of Jefferson. Jordan is an attorney now in his second term in the General Assembly.
Counts said she was interested in running "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."
Percilla Sue Counts retired in 2008 as Watauga County Extension Director for the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service, where she began working in 1993.
A native of Dickenson County, Va., Counts is a graduate of Virginia Tech with degrees in home economics and nutrition.
She was a registered dietician for more than 30 years with the American Dietetic Association and has worked in public health and nutrition education at local, state and federal programs in Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey and North Carolina.
During her time with the Cooperative Extension, Counts helped start and write grants for numerous projects, including the High Country Sustainable Agriculture Project, the Appalachian Regional Initiative for Sustainable Energy, High Country Amigos and Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture.
Counts also has served on several professional and civic boards and has received numerous awards and recognitions for her work and leadership.
In a statement released Wednesday, Counts pledged to "reverse this appalling history or regression and oppression" created by Republicans in the General Assembly.
Counts has two adult children and four grandchildren, and she is a member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Boone.
Candidate filing begins Feb. 10 for numerous offices, including N.C. House and Senate, Watauga County sheriff, District Attorney, Watauga County Clerk of Court, Board of Commissioners and Board of Education.