Katie Dean promises ‘blue collar’ campaign in NC11

Katie Dean promises ‘blue collar’ campaign in NC11

Born and raised in North Georgia, Katie Dean has taken a different path to the NC11 Democratic primary than most. Calling herself “upper-middle-class privileged,” Dean pursued competitive horseback riding throughout her youth, but hit a rough patch during high school and ended up not graduating. She then worked in the equestrian industry, earned her GED, and did stints at Young Harris College and Brevard College while working as a martial arts instructor, raft guide and sanding finisher at a timber frame construction company. After becoming engaged to her now-husband Zach, she applied to the University of Georgia and ended up with a bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering while her husband went to Athens Technical College to become a mechanic. She now runs their auto repair shop in Arden, but first spent several years working at an engineering firm. “We did water and wastewater infrastructure design for rural municipalities,” Dean said. “Any sort of subsurface infrastructure, water lines, sewer lines, water plant, wastewater plant work, pump stations, capital improvement, plans, stormwater infrastructure for municipalities, very similar to where we’re sitting right now in Waynesville.” Dean now finds herself in a crowded field of Democrats (and Republicans, and at least one Libertarian) all looking to unseat freshman Rep. Madison Cawthorn. “The heart and soul of our campaign is to address a broken and faltering economy that does not work for the working and middle class,” she said. “That goes well beyond just one singular piece of legislation, with comprehensive tax reform, […]

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