Cary nurse, policy expert challenges Holding

12/27/2013 4:39 PM

12/27/2013 4:41 PM

A Cary woman with an extensive background in national health policy will run against first-term U.S. Rep. George Holding in the 13th Congressional District.

Brenda Cleary, a registered Democrat, spent 14 years as executive director of the N.C. Center for Nursing, and then became a director in the AARP Public Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. While at the AARP, she worked on a variety of issues, including working with a team to analyze the bill leading to the Affordable Care Act, and helped shape the final version.

Before all that she was a regional dean and professor at Texas Tech University. A registered nurse, she is self-employed as a healthcare consultant. Her specialty is in geriatric nursing.

Originally from Indiana, Cleary has lived in North Carolina for 20 years. She and her husband have raised a family in Cary.

“While not a Washington insider, I learned a great deal about Washington, as well as in-depth policy analysis when I commuted back and forth to DC,” she said in an email Friday.

Holding, the Republican incumbent, has raised $222,000 and spent $161,000 in the third quarter of this year.

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