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Deb McManus leads Jeff Starkweather in NC House seat 54 online poll

Posted Tuesday, May 8, 2012

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Pittsboro, NC - In the Democratic party race for the NC House seat 54, Deb McManus leads Jeff Starweather in an online poll. As on Sunday, May 6, McManus has 110 votes (72 percent) and Starweatehr has 42 votes (28 percent) . In an online poll The Republican candidate for the seat is Cathy Wright. The unscientific online poll is sponsored by the Chatham Journal newspaper and the Chatham Chatlist.

Comments from the poll include the following:

Posted by Withheld on April 11, 2012 at 7:56 am. Re 'Deb is a "country club" politician."
Just to point out, Kathy Wright lives here in Governors Club (as do I).

Posted by Joshua Kricker on April 7, 2012 at 9:01 pm. Years ago, a person who should have known better made a stupid remark to the effect that Democrats didn't need the voters in the west. That they could be outvoted. He was not speaking for the Democratic Party and, obviously he was wrong on every level. We all have the same issues. We all have the same hopes and dreams for our children and grandchildren. I believe that Jeffrey Starkweather, who did not make that remark and the person was not speaking for him, represents our best chance of strongly representing Chatham County interests in the state house. He has been clear, consistent and a forceful advocate for family farms, workers and issues regarding civil rights and the environment as well as an advocate for education. The Republicans, like Cathy Wright, seem to be far more interested in intruding into people's private lives than doing anything about creating jobs or funding education .

Posted by Disgusted with both them on March 30, 2012 at 11:26 pm. I'll vote for Deb in the primary and Cathy Wright in the General Election! Screw both of these snobs! Jeff (don't call me Jeffrey) and Deb (I am really an impoverished American Indian)

Posted by Jennie DeLoach on March 28, 2012 at 8:18 am. I believe either candidate will be a thousand times better for our county than Cathy Wright, and I will do all I can for whichever one wins the primary to see that they also win in the general election. That said, of the two I believe Jeff has given much more of his time and energy to our county over the years and will accomplish much more for us in Raleigh. He has the passion, intelligence and drive to fight for the causes I believe in.

I realize this poll is unscientific, but it would be a bit more scientific if no Republicans were allowed to vote in this Democratic primary poll. I suspect that there will be Republicans who vote in the poll and they will be voting for Deb.

Posted by GoodDem2 on March 27, 2012 at 7:27 am. The reality is that Deb McManus has a better chance of beating Kathy Wright than JEFFrey Starkweather. Jeffrey and his Chatham Coalition told us that they do not need the voters in the West to win an election. We proved them wrong last election and we will do it again this election.

Posted by GoodDem on March 27, 2012 at 7:22 am. I am voting for Starkweather. The reason all these republicans are saying yeah to Deb is because they know that Starkweather will beat kathy wright.

    Posted by CoalitionJeffery in reply to GoodDem on March 27, 2012 at 11:11 am. You keep telling yourself that. Meanwhile your beloved Independent would not even endorse Jeffery, instead calling him a brow-beater. You must have a headache.

Posted by NotURPuppet on March 26, 2012 at 6:52 pm. Does any one remember "Riding the Rail?" It was intended to show community displeasure with the victim so he either reformed his behavior or left the community. Saddle Up Jeff!

Posted by Western Independent on March 26, 2012 at 4:50 pm. After all the Chatham Coalition drama from the last few elections, we don't need any more. Starkweather and his liberal friends don't even care about the western part of Chatham County. Deb gets my vote. And in case, Jeffrey wins, I'll be voting for his Republican opponent, Wright in November.

Posted by chathamite on March 26, 2012 at 1:20 pm. Deb is a "country club" politician. She will vote for whatever is in her best political interest. This is not what Chatham needs. Although Starkweather can seem extreme, and I don't always agree with him, he will bring passionate advocacy to Chatham. What would you rather have - someone who only makes decisions after making sure there's no political risk for her, or someone who doesn't give a damn about what anyone thinks in order to do the right thing? He was a pain in the butt in local politics, but I think I'd like someone to represent me who is WILLING to be a pain in the butt.

Posted by Withheld on March 26, 2012 at 9:28 am. DEFINITELY DEB!!!!!!!
I'm a republican but I will vote for her in the general election. She is real and as common sense. Starkweather is the pits.

Posted by anonymous in reply to Withheld on March 26, 2012 at 10:29 am. You are a Republican, but you will vote for Deb in the general election? Really? Why? They are all the same -- big government supporting teachers, police and firefighters -- that's it. Same mantra. As long as progressives control the education system, we will continue down the road to communism. Enjoy!

      Posted by anonymous2 in reply to anonymous on March 27, 2012 at 10:03 am. Who ELSE is going to support the teachers, police, and firefighters??? Do you understand how the system works?

Posted by Kathy Cockman on March 26, 2012 at 6:34 am. Deb is the best one for the job. She is informed and cares about this community. When asked a question she will research the situation before giving her response. That is someone you can trust.

Posted by Charter School Advocate on March 26, 2012 at 6:03 am. I'll likely vote for Deb, but her stance on Charter schools gives me pause. While she is informed on many issues, sadly she is less than informed on charter schools.

Posted by Concerned about Deb on March 22, 2012 at 2:57 pm. Although I respect Deb's position on the school board, I am not sure how knowledgeable she is on ALL of the issuses facing our great state of North Carolina right now.

    Posted by The Bud Man in reply to Concerned about Deb on March 22, 2012 at 5:55 pm. She is much more knowledgeable than Starkweather on Common sense issues in Chatham County

      Posted by Daphne Hill in reply to The Bud Man on March 26, 2012 at 9:58 am. That's because she uses her common sense and keeps it in good working order.

Posted by Karl G. Kachergis on March 22, 2012 at 12:19 pm. Deb McManus relates well to a wide variety of people. The schools have gotten better on her watch and controversy around the schools is less. Deb is humble and inclusive. By not being beholden to a single group, everyone feels she has balance.


Posted by Buddy Denise in reply to Karl G. Kachergis on March 22, 2012 at 5:58 pm. As a former long time democrat it's refreshing to have Karl Kachergis bring some reasonable comments to this discussion. May your tribe increase.

      Posted by Karl G. Kachergis in reply to Buddy Denise on March 27, 2012 at 6:49 am. Thank You Buddy! A fellow American who values respectful and civil exchange of viewpoints, ideas and information. As does Deb McManus.

Posted by Peter Harkins on March 22, 2012 at 10:41 am. Retaining this seat in November for our party is critical. Before voting in the primary, please consider carefully who can best listen to, thoughtfully synthesize the often disparate positions of our fellow voters, and succeed in producing effective legislation - a skill our retiring representative so well demonstrated over the past three decade of service to us in Chatham, and to North Carolina.

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