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Attorney D. Cole Phelps Announces Candidacy for Senate District One
D. Cole Phelps for NC Senate District One
March 12 at 11:49pm
County Commissioner and Attorney D. Cole Phelps Announces Candidacy for Senate District One
CRESWELL, NORTH CAROLINA – On Wednesday, February 28, second-term County Commissioner and Attorney D. Cole Phelps announced his candidacy for District One of the North Carolina Senate to represent Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hertford, Hyde, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell and Washington counties in the North Carolina Senate.
“I am honored to announce my candidacy for the North Carolina Senate,” Phelps said. “Too often, North Carolina taxpayers east of I-95 are forgotten by the General Assembly. Northeastern North Carolina deserves a representative who is personally familiar with the needs and characteristics of our communities and who will fight for their interests in Raleigh.”
Phelps believes the General Assembly has eroded the economy and infrastructure of northeastern North Carolina. His mission is to put his legal expertise to work in Raleigh on behalf of District One by fighting for economic development, agriculture, tourism, commercial fishing, small business, infrastructure, and education.
Phelps said, “Our current state legislature has abandoned its rural residents, and I am determined to be a strong advocate for the interests of northeastern North Carolinians. I understand how to champion agriculture, tourism, commercial fishing, small businesses, and families. I understand the difficulty that our taxpayers face in obtaining adequate health care, affordable housing, and sustaining steady employment. I understand the difficulties of meeting a payroll, paying business taxes, and building a successful business in a shrinking economy. It is frustrating seeing the great potential of Northeastern North Carolina held back by a General Assembly uninterested in helping to build a vital rural economy.”
“I am eagerly anticipating focusing the attention of the General Assembly upon the important issues on behalf of District One and all North Carolinians. I also look forward to spurring the General Assembly to remedy the long-standing problems that hold back the potential of Northeastern North Carolina,” Phelps said. “For too long, Northeastern North Carolina has stagnated economically while urban areas have prospered.”
“We’re letting down our students and teachers by undercutting our traditional public schools and public universities.” Phelps continued. “The General Assembly is systematically slashing funding to the UNC system, which dramatically increased my class size. Meanwhile, dedicated public school teachers across the state are spending money out of their own pockets to supply their classrooms. We can’t continue asking our educators to do more with less and expect the best and the brightest to stay in North Carolina. We cannot continue to sustain a world-class university system when the General Assembly continues to target the budgets of the UNC system, the community college system and our traditional public school systems. This sends a destructive ripple effect throughout every rural community in North Carolina.”
As the first member of his family to earn a bachelor’s degree, Phelps is personally acquainted with the obstacles to access to higher education and the imperative to help first-generation college-bound students. He started the D. Cole Phelps Scholarship Foundation, Inc., which has awarded numerous annual scholarships to high school students in eastern North Carolina counties since 2014. These scholarships are awarded to high school graduates to assist them to attend community college as well as four-year universities.
D. Cole Phelps is a young and energetic attorney and second-term Washington County Commissioner from Plymouth, North Carolina. Phelps earned a B.A. from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2009. Phelps earned a Juris Doctor degree from from North Carolina Central University School of Law in Durham, NC where he was honored with the position of managing editor of the Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Law Review. The University awarded him the Floyd B. McKissick Award, which recognizes community service, leadership and scholarship.
Phelps is born and bred in Northeastern North Carolina, and returned to the area to establish his business, create good local jobs, and contribute to his community. Phelps loves and understands the unique economy and community of Northeastern North Carolina and is personally aware of “the two North Carolinas.”
Phelps was elected to the Washington County Board of County Commissioners in 2012. He was 24 years old, becoming the youngest county commissioner in North Carolina at the time, and was later honored as one of the top forty alumni under forty years old by East Carolina University. He was re-elected to the Washington County Board of County Commissioners in 2016.