Terry Van Duyn will be sworn in as District 49 State Senator this Thursday, May 8th at 5pm.
The ceremony will take place at the Buncombe County Courthouse, 5th floor courtroom and there will be a brief reception following the event.
Terry Van Duyn is the successor to the deceased statesman Martin Nesbitt who passed away on March 6, 2014 after serving in the North Carolina Legislature for 30 years. On April 5, 2014 she won a special election for the seat and was officially appointed to the Senate 10 days later. At the April 5th election, she was also nominated to be the Democrat candidate for the State Senate Seat in the November 4th election.
“Education is very important to me and I see it as crucial to the advancement of our state,” stated Van Duyn, “I love our public schools and I love our teachers.” Van Duyn is the oldest of 8 children and the first in her family to go to college. Her interest in public service began when she worked with the school system to create an individualized plan for her son who has high- functioning autism.
Senator Van Duyn comes to the office with a wealth of community involvement in Buncombe County, including work with such organizations as Mission Children’s Hospital, Pisgah Legal, the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, and the Council on Aging, among many others.
“Many in our community have been devastated by the Recession and that damage has been compounded by the North Carolina Legislature’s constant attacks on working people. Martin Nesbitt stood up for low income families in Western North Carolina for 30 years and I plan to continue his legacy,” Van Duyn said.