As Wednesday’s Fitzsimon File runs down the list of Democratic women who will not be returning to the General Assembly after this year, Rep. Deborah Ross has ended speculation about her political future. Ross tells Policy Watch that she will seek re-election, even as many female legislators are feeling unwelcome on Jones Street.
But the Wake County Democrat bluntly describes the past year as “the most disastrous session since women got the right to vote.”
She notes that Republican-led budget cuts disproportionately affected women and minorities as government jobs were shed, with cuts to state Medicaid also primarily impacting women and their families.
Ross, who appears on News & Views this weekend, says even moderate Republican women don’t seem to feel welcome, and unfortunately will not have a voice in the policy debate moving forward.
For a preview of Rep. Ross’ radio interview with Chris Fitzsimon, click below: