Why Tarsha Ellis
Tarsha is committed to making critical improvements – both immediately and over the long haul – to our public education system. And our amazing teachers give our children and our state the most fundamental gift there is – our communities’ very future and the success of our children. We need to pay our teachers at a level that values their incredible talents, gifts, and commitment to our children. Other states should look at us and say, “North Carolina truly values its teachers.”
Tarsha is also focused on economic change that stimulates meaningful job creation. Rowan and Stanly Counties’ neighbors have better and more numerous job and growth opportunities than we do. Our communities have been neglected, and our families have suffered for it. We know the people of the 33rd District work hard and want to provide opportunities for their families, and we have a lot to offer companies who are looking for a place to do business. The people of Rowan and Stanly Counties deserve quality jobs at good wages, and Tarsha is committed to bring those opportunities home.
And we can’t talk about economic opportunity and raising our standard of living without being strong and unwavering about affordable healthcare. North Carolina Republicans have time and time again rejected federal Medicaid funds for no other reason than to spite our state’s most vulnerable families. And at every turn, countless families in our district and our state are having to choose between food, housing, and the healthcare and medicine they need. Kids and seniors are going without the basic medicines they need. This is more than an economic issue; this is a moral issue. No one should be without affordable healthcare. No one. And Tarsha will commit to fighting for you every day.
Food insecurity is a problem in NC, as well as, Rowan and Stanly Counties. At least 14.6% of the population in NC is food insecure. That means that your friends, neighbors and even coworkers are affected by this issue. The food insecure are not just those who are homeless. Many are working class people cannot make their food budget stretch from paycheck to paycheck. There are an estimated 14.3% of food insecure people in Rowan County and 13.5% in Stanly County. Food banks and other food donation programs need our assistance to help fight this problem as it affects kids, seniors, and working-class families in our area. As your state representative, Tarsha will fight this issue and continue to bring light to the situation to improve the lives of our citizens.
Tarsha will work on issues that are important to women in Rowan and Stanly Counties. She will work to eliminate poverty and hunger, eliminate the wage gap between men and women, violence against women, and protecting personal rights. Tarsha is proud to work for a company that offers paid family care leave, and she would fight to bring that to all working-class families in Rowan and Stanly Counties.
Tarsha will partner with organizations and municipal leaders to address affordable housing in Rowan and Stanly Counties. Our citizens often face “more month than money”…often budgets cannot stretch to pay for basics like housing, food, and clothing. Affordable housing is not just government housing….it means having housing options that allow working class families a safe place they can afford to live in order to raise their families. Tarsha will fight for and bring attention to groups that assist people to find affordable housing.
Who is Tarsha
My father was a government employee for over 53 years and a veteran of the US Army and the US Air Force. My mom was a homemaker. I was born and raised in East Spencer, NC. I attended North Rowan High School, and then graduated from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham, NC.
I have a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I have worked for Ahold Delhaize under the Food Lion Banner and Retail Business Services for almost 23 years.
I’m a proud single mom to my two amazing kids. I know what it is like to have to work my heart out to give them the things and opportunities they need. I got in the race for NC Senate because I have seen too many people struggle, and I know how it feels first-hand. I’m in this for my kids and yours and everyone’s in our state.
I am running because I am a resident of Rowan County (Franklin District), and I care about my community just like you do. I work here, I live here, and want to see our communities thrive and prosper. I want to see Rowan and Stanly Counties grow and succeed just like the counties all around us. My goal is to listen to what you care about, learn from that, and make it happen.
My Momma was my inspiration! She loved politics, and that’s what I grew upon. She registered people to vote at our kitchen table. She could argue with you intelligently about her views. I miss her, and I aim to make her proud.
I dedicate the work of our campaign to her memory.
North Carolina Voting Information
Voter Application Deadline
To be eligible to vote in an upcoming election, a completed voter application must be postmarked or delivered to the Board of Elections in your respective county no later than the 25 days before the election.
The general election voter registration deadline is Friday, October 9, 2020.
Rowan County Residents – Learn about registration, early voting, and more by going to the Rowan County Board of Elections website.
Stanly County Residents – Learn about registration, early voting, and more by going to the Stanly County Board of Elections website.