Saturday, September 23, 2023

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Meet the Candidates for N.C. General Assembly


Biographical information on General Assembly candidates for November 8 General Election (voters may select one in each race):

N.C. State Senate (District 25)

Sean C. Ewing


Full name: Sean C. Ewing
Nickname, if any: —
Born: Date of birth: January 21, 1981
Place of birth: Elyria, Ohio
Education: Wooster High School, 1999; Avionics Systems Technology Associate’s of Science Degree, 2005; Electrical and Computer Engineering Bachelor’s of Science Degree, 2011
Military service: U.S. Air Force (1999-2005), Air National Guard (2005-1014);
Occupation/place of employment: Volvo Group Trucks
Family: Spouse – Iza Reyes, married one year
Children: —
Religion/church affiliation: Christian
Organizations: Veterans of Foreign War Post 1920; American Legion Post 95; State Employee Association of North Carolina; Rotary Club of Alamance; Destination Downtown, Mebane.
Political career: Mebane City Councilman (2019-present)
Address: 304 Stratford Drive, Mebane


Amy Scott Galey


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Full name: Amy Scott Galey
Nickname, if any: —
Born: Date of birth:
Place of birth: Goldsboro, Wayne County
Education: Western Alamance High School 1985; UNC-Chapel Hill 1989, B.A. History; The University of North Carolina School of Law 1994, J.D.
Military service: Air Force & Air Force Reserves Spouse 1994-2012
Occupation/place of employment: Senator, NC General Assembly
Family: Spouse – Fred, married 28 years
Children – Mary (26), Jack (22), Sam (19)
Religion/church affiliation: Union Ridge Church
Organizations: NC State Bar; SC State Bar; AO Civitans; American Legion Haw River Auxiliary; Burlington VFW Auxiliary.
Political career: Alamance County Commissioner 2016-2020, Chair 2017-2020
Address: 233 Floyd Scott Lane, Burlington


N.C. House District 63

Ricky Hurtado


Full name: Ricky Hurtado
Nickname (if any): —
Born: Date of birth: December 7, 1988
Place of birth: Los Angeles, California;
Hometown: Sanford, Lee County, NC
Education: Bachelor’s in Business Administration, UNC-Chapel Hill; Master’s in Public Affairs, Princeton University.
Military Service: —
Occupation/place of employment: Educator and Non-Profit Director
Family: Spouse – Yazmin, married 6 years
Children —
Religion/church affiliation: Christian
Organizations: Board of Directors, Alamance Eldercare; Board of Directors, Alamance Partnership for Children; Board of Directors, United Way of North Carolina; Volunteer, Citygate Dream Center;
Political career: NC House Representative for NC House District 63, 2021-2022
Address: 507 N. Main Street, Graham


Steve Ross


Full name: Stephen M. Ross
Nickname: Steve
Born: Date of birth: August 29, 1951
Place of birth: Burlington, Alamance County
Education: Williams High School, 1969; Elon University, B.A. in History and Political Science, 1973; NC State, Masters level work in Public Administration, 1974-1975.
Military service: None.
Occupation/place of employment: Financial Advisor.
Family: Spouse: Tammy T. Ross, married 30 years
Children: Elizabeth Leigh Forerian age 44; Jessica Pate age 46; Stephanie Williams age 41, and Ashlyn Ross age 26.
Religion/church affiliation: St. Marks Church
Organizations: Old North State Boy Scouts of America Executive Board; Elon University Alumni Board;
Political career: Former Burlington City Councilman (4 terms); Mayor of Burlington (2 terms); Chairman of Piedmont Triad Council of Governments (1975-1976); NC House of Representatives (3 terms).
Address: 1314 McCuiston Drive, Burlington


N.C. State House District 64

Ron Osborne


According to the board of elections, Ronald Gray Osborne, Jr. – on the ballot to be listed as Ron Osborne – lives at 2585 Nealwood Avenue, Graham. [He did not respond to the newspaper’s issues questionnaire nor provide any biographical information. See story here:]

Dennis Riddell


Full name: Dennis Patrick Riddell
Nickname, if any: —
Date/Place of Birth: October 21, 1956, San Francisco, CA
Education:  B.S., Marine Engineering, California Maritime Academy, 1978; Masters in Education, Teaching History, Bob Jones University, 1983; Certified Level II Thermographer, Infraspection Institute, 2008;
Military Service: U.S. Naval Reserve, 1978-88, Lieutenant, Honorable Discharge;
Occupation: Legislator, N.C. General Assembly & Owner of Freedom Earthworks, LLC Thermography Services; 1978-2013, 35 years as an Engineering Officer in the U.S. Merchant Marine; 1985-1992, High School Social Studies Teacher and Coach;
Family: Spouse – Polly, married almost 40 years;
Children – Kelsie (35), Lindsay (34), Dustin (deceased in 2005), Allie (29), Adam (27), Nathan (25), Brandon (22), Reagan (20)
Religion: attending Pleasant Hill Christian Church in Snow Camp
Organizations: Board Member, Piedmont Rescue Mission; NRA; N.C. Right to Life; Former Church Elder, Deacon, Treasurer, and Sunday School Teacher; 20+ years as sponsor/volunteer hosting Southern Alamance Horse Club;
Political career: Founder and Past Chairman of Alamance County Young Republicans; Chairman of Alamance County Republican Party (5 years) – Vice-Chairman, Area Chairman, Precinct Chairman and active volunteer in the Alamance County Republican Party for the last 35 years;
Address: 6343 Beale Road, Snow Camp

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