US Senate candidate scheduled to stop in Franklin next week


Deborah_RossBrittney Burns – Staff Writer

Deborah Ross, Democratic challenger to incumbent Republican Richard Burr, will be meeting with voters in Franklin on Monday, Aug. 1, at 3 p.m. at the Robert C. Carpenter Community building on the Georgia Road.

Ross’ hour-long stop in Franklin is part of a longer visit to Western North Carolina towns in advance of the November election.

“The event is a meet and greet with voters in Macon County,” said Erika Ferguson with Ross’ campaign. “Deborah makes it a priority to meet with folks all across the state. She will discuss her plans for the state and the country and then leave it open to folks to ask questions and share their thoughts and ideas.”

Ross is a lawyer from Raleigh who served as a member of the North Carolina General Assembly  representing both the 28th and 34th House district. Ross represented the 28th district from January 2003 until January 2013, serving five full terms. She also served a partial term representing the 34th district.

Ross earned her Bachelor’s degree from Brown University in 1985 and a Juris Doctor from UNC Chapel Hill in 1990. She has practiced law in North Carolina for 25 years and also taught at Duke Law School as a senior lecturing fellow.

After leaving the State House, Ross joined GoTriangle, a regional authority providing transportation services that connect Wake, Durham, and Orange counties, and ensuring access to high-quality public transit to workers, students, and visitors. She and her husband Steve have been married since 1994 and live in a home they renovated in a historic neighborhood in Raleigh. Steve is an engineer who works in risk management. Ross resigned from GoTriangle before announcing her bid for the North Carolina Senate.