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Wednesday, June 21, 2017 8:26 AM

Campaign Finance

All candidates know how important it is to raise money for their campaign(s).  Still, there is a point at which the money spent on a campaign can be absolutely obscene.  The Ossoff campaign in Georgia 6, was an example of obscene fundraising.  Millions raised and spent!  When does a sum of money become obscene?  That is for each of us to decide personally.  

That said, the Bossert for State Senate campaign needs a lot more financial support than it got in 2016.  Then, I loaned my campaign $4400.00.  I raised about $26,000, too.  It was simply not enough, but look at the results.  I got 38% of the vote.  One of my fellow Dems ran a great campaign, raised and spent about $450,000.00.  She got 38% of the vote.  Another raised over $350,000.00 and spent that amount.  She, too, got only about 38% of the vote.  Yet another raised about $70,000.  She, too, got about 38% of the vote.  In each case (and my own, too) our Democratic Party candidate was far and away a more qualified candidate.  

What is the lesson?  I wish I knew.  I certainly got more 'bang for the buck.'   All I can manage is a thought that we are all failing to send the message that what we Dems stand for is really that which is the best interests of the voters.

This time around, I have started my candidacy by listening and not making the faulty decision of thinking I know better than the voters.  

So far, these seem to be the big issues.

Education is definetly up there, but so is a living wage and affordable housing.  Health care is a biggee, especially for the poor and the Baby Boomers (people my age!)  Among many of my potential constituents women's health and self determination are big issues.  The environment ranks high as well.  Those of us soon to be on a fixed income (or already there) care a lot about rising health care costs and unbalanced tax policies.

I think you get the idea.  I thought the big issue was public school and all that entails.  The truth is that we humans care about lots of things, but we tend to focus on those things that have the greatest impact on our lives ... in a very personal way.

$30,000 isn't going to help me market my candidacy well enough.  I am going to, pie in the sky, build an obscene budget.  Help me get to the bar I am setting - $450,000.

That sum will help me get a powerful message of reclamation of North Carolina on TV, radio, newspapers, mailers, bill boards, etc. and pay for a professional campaign manager as well.   

This sum is obscene, but if you and I think of it as an investment in a better North Carolina, electing a Democrat in the 48th State Senate district could be a game changer for future generations of North Carolineans.


Sunday, May 28, 2017 3:12 PM

The Affordable Care Act

We need to protect the Affordable Care Act.  The Senate is avoiding this issue.  I think it is because the protests and anger of the American people have risen to put a halt on abandoning ACA.


Sunday, April 16, 2017 6:46 PM

What's been going on?

It has been a long time since any changes have been made on this website.  No one to blame for that, but your's truly. 

Regardless, I have been a very busy candidate for the past several months.  More important, I've just been very busy.  Thanks to Debbie Rountree, Chair of precinct 2 in Henderson County, I have an opportunity to meet with precinct 2 people, canvass in Green Meadows and plan for an upcoming fundraiser.

I've been attending sanctuary meetings, gatherings at the Hendersonville Courthouse (hosted by Jayne Jennings), and postcard writing at the Sanctuary Brewery (hosted by Meg Hoke) on Fridays.

Jackie Hovey, former chair of the Transylvania County Democrats, gave me an opportunity to speak for a few minutes at the County Convention.  I addressed the Buncombe County Senior Democrats.

I have been trying hard to post on my Facebook page almost everyday.  AND ... I have been asking for modest donations - 200 people - $20.00 each.  It is early in the campaign and my needs right now are pretty modest.

For now, please consider giving me your support right at this site through ACTBLUE.  And anticipate weekly updates on the campaign.

Thanks to you all for your support.


Sunday, October 16, 2016 8:22 PM

Jeff Messer Interviews Norm

Norm is interviewed by Jeff Messer on 880 the Revolution...listen in at the link here.

Norm Bossert on the Jeff Messer Show

 


Sunday, October 16, 2016 8:19 PM

Norm's Interview with Jeremy Loeb at WCQS

On the WCQS website:
In Race for Apodaca's Seat, Educator Norm Bossert Hopes to Defy the Odds...


Jeremy Loeb says: "North Carolina Senate District 48 features the race for Republican Senator Tom Apodaca's seat.  One of the state's most influential lawmakers, Apodaca decided to retire early, meaning his seat is up for grabs.  The conservative-leaning district covers parts of Buncombe, Henderson, and Transylvania counties.  It's represented now by Republican Senator Chuck Edwards, a small business owner who was appointed to fill Apodaca's vacancy.  Edwards declined our interview request.  His opponent, Democrat Norm Bossert, was more than happy to be interviewed.  He drove over to WCQS one evening from Black Mountain Elementary School, where he's been principal for about a decade, to answer questions on the numerous issues of concern in this election.  The full conversation is above.  We've highlighted some individual issues below."

[Visit the link to listen to the entire podcasts, or any of the topics highlighted in shorter segments]


Monday, October 3, 2016 9:04 PM

Norm's TV Commercial Debuts

If we're going to send an Educator to the Legislature, we have to introduce Norm to as many people as possible. Encourage your friends to watch Norm's commercial, and if you are able, contribute to his campaign so we can purchase more air time. Thank you for your support!


Thursday, September 29, 2016 9:05 AM

Norm's TV Campaign Kicks Off October 1, and you can help!

30% of our state legislators are members of the business community; only 1% are educators. Yet over half the state's budget supports public education, and many education policies are written every year.

Doesn't it make sense to send a knowledgeable educator to the legislature? If you agree, please help introduce Norm to voters by supporting our TV campaign through the "contribute link" on this site. Thank you so much! 


Friday, September 23, 2016 12:00 AM

Citizen-Times Letter to the Editor: Bossert presents balanced solutions to current problems

[Thanks to Lee McMinn for this great letter to the editor of the Asheville Citizen-Times!]

"For a while now, I’ve been hearing Norm Bossert talk about what he wants to do when he’s elected senator representing NC Senate District 48 (Henderson, Transylvania, and the southern part of Buncombe counties).

"Norm wants to develop more sources and uses of alternative energy, to rebuild the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality to strengthen environmental protections that have been decimated by the current administration, to repeal laws that prevent towns and communities from gaining information about fracking, to deal positively with Duke Power’s coal ash problem, and to repeal HB2, which has embarrassed our state on the national and international stages.

"Norm presents balanced solutions to these problems that will not burden us with unnecessary taxes or intrusive regulation. As an educator and principal in our public schools, Norm wants to restore pride in our education system and respect for our teachers.

"Norm’s opponent recently was anointed to finish an unexpired term and will only continue the extremely hurtful voting record of his predecessor on issues important to us. I believe that there is a better choice in this election. I encourage you to vote for Norm Bossert as senator from N.C. Senate District 48 on Nov. 8."

Lee McMinn, Brevard


Monday, September 5, 2016 8:55 PM

Norm at Whit's Custard Sept. 20 6-8PM

If you haven't had a chance to meet Norm yet, or even if you have, come on out to Whit's Custard, 614 Spartanburg Highway, Hendersonville, NC 28792, Sept. 20, 6:00 - 8:00 for some casual conversation, Q & A, and of course to get yourself a tasty treat!


Monday, August 22, 2016 9:11 PM

Norm to Hold Town Hall Wed, Aug. 31


Wednesday, August 10, 2016 12:00 AM

Bossert Details Environmental Stances for MountainTrue

Article By Derek Lacey, Hendersonville Times-News Staff Writer
Published: Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 4:30 a.m.
Photo by John Moriarty


Norm Bossert addressed a full house Monday, August 8, at MountainTrue, answering members’ questions on his views on contentious environmental issues and his approach to state environmental policy. You can read the entire article by following the link, but here are a few of his primary points:

On the question of climate change: it exists, that humans contribute to it, and it is frightening. “The world is changing and the world that we are passing on to our children has to change for the better; it can’t continue to go the way it is or we won’t have much of a world to turn over to our children,” he said.
Bossert said 10 of the world’s warmest years on record have come in the last 12, and that glaciers are melting at an unprecedented rate. A rising sea level is threatening coastal towns that are starting to see more dramatic flooding with storms.

On the state’s encouragement of alternative energy through tax credits. "Right now, our legislature has sort of turned its back on providing tax credits and tax opportunities, if you will, to businesses that want to improve the use of alternative energy, and that should concern us all.” It’s a bottom-line issue, he said — people need jobs, and the solar and wind power industries offer good jobs.

Repealing laws limiting the public’s access to information about fracking and other environmental concerns:  Bossert said he’s concerned about people's property rights and added that they have a right to protect property from eminent domain for mining or fracking, and a right to know what goes into their land. While saying that fracking is not a major concern in Western North Carolina, he's bothered by laws that make it illegal to publish the chemicals used in fracking. “That’s not kosher to me; I don’t think that’s fair.” He said people have raised concerns about health risks from fracking chemicals in groundwater.
He also cited a “perfect example of protecting industry at the expense of people’s health and wellbeing.” 

Duke Energy and the coal ash problem: Members of the state legislature have also “gone out of their way to protect Duke,” he said, allowing the company to stretch out how long it takes to clean up coal ash pits, to not line coal ash pits and to protect the company from liability.  “We should all love Duke Energy,” he said. “I’m upset about coal ash, but let’s face it, it is a powerful company and that powerful company provides power to all of us, and we need to help them do it in a way that’s safe and clean and will protect our children and generations of us to come.”

On offshore drilling off North Carolina’s coast: “I’m absolutely opposed to offshore drilling,” Bossert said. “I look at what happened in the gulf, that terrible accident there. Some people think, ‘Well the gulf’s all cleaned up and it’s tidy and everything’s been improved.’ There is scant little evidence that that’s true. What they’ve done is they’ve made the beaches pretty.”
As clean as the beaches might look, he said, there’s ample evidence that oil continues to bubble up to the surface.
There are three reasons he’s against offshore drilling: the possibility of an accident, that he doesn’t want the state to have to go to the “terrible expense” of cleaning up that kind of accident, and that the state should instead be exploring other ways of delivering energy to its people.

“I know that some people feel we need to be energy independent in our country and not do business with other nations, particularly Saudi Arabia” and other nations that “aren’t always our best friends in the world, and that’s certainly true,” he said.
But, “we are capable of being energy independent right now,” he said. “We are producing everything we need to produce in the United States, but Exxon and Shell and all these other companies” will sell to other countries if they can make more money. 

On funds for the state Department of Environmental Quality: Bossert said the department has been “decimated,” and that he would like to see some of the state’s $1 billion budget surplus go to DEQ. “I believe that if we get to work and do things to protect our environment now, our planet is not past rescuing,” he said, but “if we wait for other people to do it, like China or North Korea or South Korea or (the) Japanese or anybody else, if we wait for them, we deny ourselves the opportunity to start here and set the model for the rest of the world.”

Bossert’s comments were well-received by Jackie Hovey of Brevard, who said he sounded informed on the issues.
“I think he seems very knowledgeable; I think he’s done a lot of research,” she said. As an educator, she said she hopes he has a broad view of the local and state environment, and she appreciates his passion for protecting it.


Monday, August 8, 2016 10:54 AM

MountainTrue Hosts Meeting with Norm Bossert

Environmental advocacy group MountainTrue is hosting a Meet & Greet with Norm Bossert on Monday, August 8, as an opportunity for all to get to know Mr. Bossert better and to share thoughts and concerns with him.  The organization also desires to hear about his vision for protecting our natural spaces and resources.

The Meet and Greet will be held on Monday, August 8, at 4:00 p.m. at our Southern Regional Office, 611 N. Church Street, Suite 101 in Hendersonville. Light refreshments will be served.

A follow-up meeting of Mountain True members and friends will be held to discuss ways to continue to work and communicate with – as well as monitor – our legislators’ efforts, both at home and in Raleigh, during the 2017 legislative session and beyond. If you are interested in this longer-term work, please join them for this discussion on Monday, August 15, at 3:30 p.m at their Southern Regional Office.


Saturday, July 2, 2016 12:00 AM

How the House Derailed Apodaca's Plan for Asheville Districts

The debate over whether Tom Apodaca, a lone elected official who barely represents any of Asheville's residents, should override local and state representatives by imposing a new and controversial redistricting structure, ended late last night. It provided a rare opportunity for real leadership in the NC General Assembly. Thanks to Buncombe County Representatives Susan Fisher, John Ager, and Brian Turner, along with representatives of the House on both sides of the aisle who did the right thing! 


Monday, June 27, 2016 12:00 AM

NC Senate moves forward with amendment to cap income tax

This fall, voters could be asked to weigh in on a very confusing and detrimental constitutional amendment. The NC Senate, with approval by the House during joint budget talks, wants you to vote to significantly reduce our state income tax and cap it there...hurting the state when it faces financial crises or natural disasters, limiting support for education and other needs, such as our courts and public safety. Doing so will also put a burden on middle and lower income folks, as funding will have to be made up in other ways. Taxation should be done wisely, for the benefit of all...not just the upper crust and corporations. 




Saturday, June 4, 2016 1:28 PM

School's Out for Summer Cookout on June 21 with June Atkinson and Norm Bossert

Norm Bossert and NC State Superintendent of Education June Atkinson would love to have the chance to talk with parents and educators on Tuesday, June 21 from 5-6:30pm in Patton Park, Hendersonville. Bring the family and enjoy a free cookout!


Monday, May 2, 2016 12:08 AM

Over 80 People Attend MAYDAY Kick Off Event!

Over 80 supporters gathered at Connestee Falls Clubhouse on Sunday, May 1, 2016 to support putting an educator in the legislature. NC Democratic Party Chair Patsy Keever was on hand to kick off the event, with the inspirational Jake Quinn rallying the troops for the fight ahead. Read more here...




Monday, April 25, 2016 12:00 AM

Norm Campaigns with Deborah Ross

Saturday, April 23, candidate for NC Senate District 48 Norm Bossert joined dozens of supporters who came out to meet Deborah Ross, Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate. Ross will take on incumbent U.S. Sen. Richard Burr in the November election.


Wednesday, April 6, 2016 10:18 AM

MAYDAY! Join us May 1, 3-5pm at Connestee Falls


Friday, March 4, 2016 4:01 PM

Supporting Attorney General Roy Cooper for Governor!

3/4/2016...It was great to network today with NC Attorney General Roy Cooper, on the road to becoming our next Governor!


Sunday, February 21, 2016 11:36 AM

Norm Addresses the Issues

Norm has been an educator for 43 years, the last 10 as a Principal at Black Mountain Elementary. In this video Norm addresses what is happening to public education, and to the students of North Carolina. "I care deeply about my children, and about their future. And what's happening to them here in North Carolina is absolutely tragic."

 


Monday, February 8, 2016 11:14 PM

Democratic Precinct Meetings

See you at the following precinct meetings!

Tues. 2/23/16, 5:30pm: Pisgah Forest Precinct at Pisgah Fish Camp

Wed. 2/24/16, 5pm:
Dunn's Rock Precinct Annual Meeting, Connestee Fire & Rescue Meeting Room, Brevard

Thurs. 2/25/16, 7pm: Cathy's Creek - Cathy's Creek Community Center

Fri. 2/26/16, 6pm: Little River - Little River Community Center

Saturday 2/27/16:

  10:00am--Williamson Creek Precinct Meeting/ Williamson Creek Community Center

  10:45am--S.Buncombe Cluster Precinct Meeting/Skyland Fire Dept., 9 Miller Road, 28776

  11:30am--Hominy Valley Cluster Precinct Meeting/Enka Middle School, 390 Asbury Rd., Candler 28715

  1:00pm--Henderson County Cluster Meetings/City Operations Center, Hendersonville


Friday, January 29, 2016 12:00 AM

Save Our School

From the Mountaineer article "Save Our School," about a Public Hearing and rally to save Central Elementary School in Haywood County from closing, the Mountaineer newspaper said this:

"Norm Bossert, principal of Black Mountain Elementary School, said he was worried for the future of his own school if Central Elementary closed.

“The heart and soul of a community is its school,” Bossett said. “To the parents and the community, you are far more powerful than you know. If you walk side by side you can save this school.”


Thursday, January 28, 2016 9:07 PM

Norm Socks it to 'em at Save Our School Rally!

"Save Our School!" from StratComm4PublicSector on Vimeo.


Wednesday, January 27, 2016 4:39 PM

Central Elementary - Bringing Down an Historic School

This evening I am headed to Central Elementary School to listen to a public hearing on the possible closure of that school, owing to budget shortfalls (Thank you Republicans - yes, that means you Senator Davis and Representative Presnell) and the unfettered opening of charter schools. I hope you'll go and listen, too! These sorts of closures of historic community schools could happen elsewhere. That is, after all, what the Republicans want.


Tuesday, January 12, 2016 8:09 PM

YOU MUST VOTE ON THE BOND ISSUE!

On your March 15th ballot, there will be an opportunity to vote yea or nay to a two billion dollar bond issue.  The proposed bond would help finance a wide variety of projects that would benefit infrastructure, community colleges, the State university system, public facilities (like the NC Zoo) and other worthwhile projects.

Some people wonder that if these projects are so important, why not put them in the State budget?  Other people argue that the advantage of a bond issue is that it meets a need, is paid back over a lengthy period of time - and thus minimizes the tax bite for tax paying citizens.

I suppose an argument could be made either way.  From my point of view we need this bond!  Our legislature has let the needed works go ignored for far too long.  The institutions that will be helped have a severe need for modernization and updating. 

Whether it is the zoo, our forests, our community colleges, or roads, all these entities need our support and help.

Here is what worries me!  If our Democratic Party has really already determined who our Presidential nominee will be prior to the NC Primary, Democrats may stay away from the polls.  Republicans are less likely than Democrats to support this bond issue.  That would mean that not only would the failure of this bond to pass hurt the many institutions it is designed to help, there would also be no remedy coming from the State budget.

Be certain to get yourself to the polls! No matter how you vote, you must get to the polls and vote.  Please support this bond.  I know that I will!


Monday, January 11, 2016 10:17 PM

Welcome to Bossert for State Senate

      This website will give you the opportunity to get to know the voice and the views of my candidacy for North Carolina's State Senate.  Some of my views may surprise you, some will not.

      The bottom line is that I am the Democratic Party's candidate for the 48th district of the NC State Senate.  I believe that if we build a team that is determined to knock on doors, make lots of phone calls, and visit voters wherever and whenever the opportunity arises, we can win this election for the people of this district and North Carolina.

      Join me in my effort to get the word out about my candidacy. 

 


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