Mark Robinson, a Republican candidate for Lt. Governor in North Carolina, will be visiting local citizens in Yanceyville at Yoder’s Country Market on Monday, Jan. 27, 5 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to stop by to meet him and share their concerns. He is visiting every county in the state and is on his second go round in many places. He also visited during the 2019 Hoedown.
Robinson is on the ballot for the March 3, 2020 primary for the November 3, 2020 election to run for the office of Lt. Governor.
“When Mark is elected he will be the first African American to hold this office in North Carolina,” says County Campaign Chair for Caswell County Darrell Myers.
Robinson's life story is filled with ups and downs and twists and turns leading him to the world of being a public servant.
He grew up poor in Greensboro being the ninth of ten children in a modest home with no heat, no AC and no shower. His father was an abusive alcoholic and the children were removed from the home and placed in foster care. He was fortunate to end up in a good home with two of his brothers. Other brothers and sisters didn't fare as well.
Eventually he and his siblings were able to move back in with their mother. She was a devout woman of faith who taught her children about the Bible and encouraged them to pursue their dreams.
Towards the end of high school, he joined the Army reserves where he served as a medical specialist for three years.
Years of working in factories where his wages were cut and sometimes jobs lost due to NAFTA followed as he struggled to provide for his family. He later worked as a shift worker before becoming a General Manager at a restaurant.
His wife, Yolanda, started a a day care center which grew rapidly. He later left his job to work at the center where he taught children and cared for them.
Eight years later, they decided to sell the business, and he went back to work at a furniture factory while attending UNCG to study history.
However, this factory job would also cease to exist when the owners decided to move the plant to Mexico, leaving him and dozens of others without jobs. He later went to work at a different furniture factory, and had plans to pursue a full- time teaching career, getting his masters and then PHD so that he could become a professor, but it didn't work out.
Robinson's life took a dramatic turn on April 3, 2018, when he stood up against the Greensboro City Council in a speech which has been seen over 150,000,000 times. Since that speech, he has served on the NRA National Outreach Board, has appeared on Fox and Friends, has been interviewed by Lara Trump, and traveled the state and nation spreading the conservative message.
He resides in Greensboro and is happily married to his wife Yolonda, and has two kids, and a grandchild.
Where he stands on the issue:
He has been a fierce fighter for the 2nd Amendment, as was seen in his Greensboro City Council speech. Since then he has continued to stand for the 2nd Amendment, serving on the national outreach board for the NRA.
Robinson grew up as the 9th of 10 siblings. In poverty, and with an abusive alcoholic father, he ended up in foster care. The radical left believes stories like his should not exist because low income families should abort their babies. As a Christian, he will stand for life.
He believes our children are the future of our great state, and in order for them to succeed, they must have a good education. Whether that’s through programs at a community college, pursuing a four year degree, or attending a trade school, the next generations must be educated to thrive, and He will do everything he can to ensure that every child in North Carolina has the opportunity for an education that will allow them to succeed.
He knows what it’s like for NAFTA to gut wages and take jobs, he experienced that himself. He also knows what it’s like for his employer to leave him jobless when the company moved to Mexico. He will fight for workers across North Carolina to make sure they have jobs to support their families.
He will always affirm and congratulate those who come here legally. However, he does not support those who illegally come across the border. It is a crime to do so, and should be treated as such.
As a veteran, Robinson will fight for those who have given themselves to serve this country. Our veterans deserve to be taken care of, and he will not simply talk about getting results, he will do it.
As someone that has owned a small business, he understands less taxes and regulations means business owners can hire more employees and invest more into their communities.
A number of offices will be voted on at the March 3 primary.
Republican candidates on the ballot for Lt. Governor in the primary on March 3, 2020 include:
Running in the Democratic Primary are:
Terry Van Duyn
Yvonne Lewis Holley
Ronald L. Newton
Allen Thomas Jr.