Regarding the March 25 news article “Report: Women scarce in N.C. politics”: This is from someone who had a fleeting interest.
The first barrier is cost. Even if Rep. Grier Martin and Sen. Josh Stein in my district weren’t solid, thoughtful individuals, I don’t think I could afford to run for office.
Second, the districts are increasingly drawn to heavily favor one party, so logical, thoughtful women most needed in elected office realize the system is rigged and decide not to run.
Third, the media portray the N.C. General Assembly as a sandlot overrun by bullies. If that’s our only exposure to the NCGA, why would we willingly ask to play in that sandlot?
Address gerrymandering and show us that those who are elected to the NCGA can listen, analyze and make thoughtful decisions based on facts, science and other available evidence and maybe more women would run.