Under the Dome

GOP lawmaker in key swing district gets Democratic challenger

Cary Town Councilwoman Gale Adcock, a Democrat and chief health officer at SAS Institute, said Monday she is running for state House District 41, a Wake County seat currently held by Republican Rep. Tom Murry, a pharmacist from Morrisville.

Adcock, 59, has served on the Cary council since 2007 and has been mayor pro tem for the past 2 years. She said she called Murry to let him know she was entering the race and that she opened a campaign bank account over the weekend. She and her husband each put $5,000 in, she said.

Adcock said she wanted to run for the General Assembly in part because she doesn't believe lawmakers' focus has been on the “real big issues,” the economy and jobs. She also said she believes the state isn't spending enough on education. The seat is one of the key swing districts in the state watched by political observers.

“I think we should fund education in a way that allows our children to compete in a changing world and not shortchange our education system at every level,” Adcock said.

She said 38 years in the nursing profession and two terms on the Cary council have prepared her for asking a lot of questions and working for positive solutions as a legislator.

Murry is in his second term representing the district, which includes parts of Raleigh, Cary and Apex, and all of Morrisville. He is chairman of four legislative committees, including House Commerce and Job Development and the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Natural and Economic Resources.