Slogan: “Putting People First”
Profession: Retired public-school teacher currently serving in N.C. House of Representatives from District 115 in Buncombe County
Funding: Top donors: Nancy Alexander, $5,000; Jim Oliver, $5,000; Will Von Klemperer, $2,500; Jane Swafford, $2,500. Amount raised 1st quarter 2012: $114,258.
Endorsements: Women’s Campaign Fund, People Advocating Real Conservancy, Blue America, Democrats.com, Democracy for America
1. What's the first bill you'll introduce if elected?
I will introduce a bill in support of the Department of Education and fully funding early education programs. A quality education is the birthright of every child from early childhood on, and I believe it must be a top priority at all levels of government.
2. What local issue do you think you can have the most impact on?
Public education. A well-educated citizenry is the backbone of democracy and the key to our economic future. Ensuring that every child has the opportunity for a quality education will be my highest priority when I get to Washington.
3. What do you see as Congress’ role — and yours, if elected — in channeling federal dollars to your district?
My duty will be to serve all of my constituents as best I can, including securing federal dollars for our district. Politics should be about improving people’s lives, easing human suffering, bringing about greater justice, caring for our environment and creating stronger communities.
4. Do you support a cap on the national debt based on a percentage of the GDP? (Yes/No) Why?
The federal government needs to get spending under control, but placing a cap on the national debt based on a percentage of the GDP could have unintended consequences. I’m all for balancing the federal budget but not at the expense of our seniors by cutting Medicare and Social Security.
5. What issue(s) do the Asheville and Gastonia areas have in common? How do they differ?
The economy is what most people are talking about in both areas — jobs and making ends meet, especially with the rising cost of gasoline and food. I will work to create an economy that works for everyone — that provides not just jobs, but meaningful work at a living wage.
6. Sum up, in a haiku or limerick or couplet, why people should vote for you.
A candidate named Patsy Keever,
Is a community-minded achiever.
She treats people well,
Her record is swell,
And she hopes you'll become a believer.