Erica Smith, a former three-term North Carolina Senator, made a campaign stop in Yanceyville on July 13. Senator Richard Burr is retiring and has a long list of politicians running for his seat including Smith. The primary will be held in March with the general election occurring on November 8, 2022.
Smith is making the rounds of all 100 counties in NC, especially visiting post offices and farmers markets. She is an education consultant and has been an educator for 17 years. She teaches a class at the Center for Energy Education in Halifax County.
“I come from a farming background and understand the struggles farmers are going through. Farming can be a hard life. Right now, farmers are fighting to hold on to their way of life. It’s an important part of our economy in NC. It’s the #1 industry here,” she points out.
Threats to the land, water, and air concern her as well as young people leaving their homes in rural places like Caswell County to search for opportunities. “I’m the only candidate offering solutions,” she adds before moving on to the topic of struggles faced by seniors.
“Many communities don’t have banks nowadays. This makes it very hard on seniors, many of which don’t have transportation to get to the bank to do their transactions. It is a real blessing when a small town has one or two banks. I’m very pleased to see banks here in Yanceyville.”
She would love to see more postal banking options offered. Her plan includes building on the existing postal infrastructure by having the Post Office offer financial transaction services such as remittance, savings accounts, and small lending. “Under our plan, the Postal Service would offer basic banking services from check cashing to bill paying to small dollar loans at reasonable rates,” she says.
Smith points out that from 1911 to 1967 the Post Office offered banking and most of the country’s allies from Japan to Germany offer postal banking services today.
About Erica Smith
Smith received a bachelor's degree from the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and a master's from the Howard University School of Divinity. Her experience included working in aerospace engineering at Boeing, serving on Northampton County’s Board of Education, and serving as chairwoman of the Northampton County Democratic Party. As of the 2020 election, Smith was a clergywoman and a science and math teacher. She was also co-chair of the Women’s Caucus and a vice chair of the Legislative Black Caucus in the state legislature.
An educator, a minister, a State Senator, and a mother of four, Erica Smith has spent her life fighting for working people across North Carolina. Having grown up on a family farm and represented rural North Carolina in the state senate, Erica’s passionate about uniting a diverse coalition of working North Carolinians behind a bold platform for progress. She wants a government that works for all of us instead of just the wealthy and well-connected. Erica’s fighting to build a North Carolina where it doesn’t matter if you’re white, black or brown, whether you were born in the rural west, the rural east, or any of the towns and cities in between.
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